Posts Tagged ‘Blaze Foley’

Obligatory President’s Day post


President’s day, it’s not just for mattress sales! Here I will talk about a few “presidential” themed songs. First up is Blue Mountain’s rousing ode to 39th president, Jimmy Carter

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Blue Mountain – Jimmy Carter

Next we have Hank Williams Jr’s song Mr. Lincoln. Where he surmises that the only thing that can save our country is Abraham Lincoln himself. This was in 1984. Seems Hank has moved on and nothing can save us now

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Hank Williams Jr. – Mr. Lincoln

Next is Tom T. Halls semi-absurd song about how a monkey can become president. This is one of those songs that liberals would have loved to trot out during the George W. Bush presidency but conservatives will have to tread very very lightly if they go around this song right now. Very disappointed this didn’t become the plot of the Planet of The Apes remake

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Tom T. Hall – The Monkey That Became President

and finally a song to wrap up how I feel about Presidents day, most Presidents, and particularly most federal level politicians. While originally written about Ronald Reagan, the chorus of “He’s the president, and I don’t care” will likely always ring true. Sing it Blaze.

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Blaze Foley – Oval Room

Townes Van Zandt & Blaze Foley – Snowing On Raton (Vid)

I’m pretty certain this is from the Tribute To Clyde Buchanon show I’ve posted before. It’s an incomplete vid but incredible, wish there was more Townes and Blaze footage of them performing together out there somewhere

Song for Election Day

Here’s a song to help you get through election day (in case the police took your stash). That will make sense if you listen to the song…

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From the album Cold Cold World by Blaze Foley and The Beaver Valley Boys

Two new Blaze Foley albums out??

So I got a comment on the Blaze Foley link asking what the big deal was. So I went back and listened to that album….and yes it’s not the best and nowhere near what you would want your introduction to Blaze Foley to be. It suffers from some really horrible production (what albums didn’t in the 80’s?) and is something that only Blaze completists will likely enjoy. Why, well because there is so little Blaze out there. Well that’s what I thought anyway….turns out there are two new albums out of early Blaze Foley material. Is Blaze now the Tupac of progressive country?
So what you have here is an album released early in July called The Dawg Years. So called because it is a series of recordings made when Blaze was calling himself “Deputy Dawg” and living in a treehouse in Georgia. It was recorded on a portable field recorder, so likely not the best sounding stuff. But again Blaze completist are going to want this.

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Next up is we have Sittin’ By The Road, which was released back in May. Now this one says it’s also a recording from back in his treehous days. I haven’t heard either of these, so I am unsure if they are just the same thing released on different labels, but the Dawg Years has more tracks, so maybe they are in fact two different sessions. Either way I’m sure both are only for completist.

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If you are new to Blaze and want to check out  a great studio album, then check out Cold Cold World which was released back in 2006. This album was recorded in 79/80 with Gurf Morlix and is one of the finest posthemous albums ever released….Highly recommended for anyone. Have a listen to the title track below:

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Blaze Foley & The Beaver Valley Boys – Cold Cold World

Link: Blaze Foley – Blaze Foley (AKA: The Vital Album, AKA: The Muscle Shoals Album)

I have been meaning to post this for quite a while, but since it was recently posted over at Welfare Music (who also has lot’s of other great stuff) I will just post a link over there. This is Blazes first album, and also the infamous album that the master tapes were confiscated by the DEA and never released. Apparently the executive producer on this album, Bill French, was caught up in some kind of drug thing and the DEA confiscated the tapes as drug evidence. Crazy…just like most things in Blaze’s life. Called many things through they years such as The Vital Album (the label it was released on) or The Muscle Shoals Album (where it was recorded) it’s actually a damned good album…just like everything else of Blaze that has surfaced.

I will also take this opportunity to mention that there is (finally) a release date for the Blaze Foley documentary “Duct Tape Messiah”…It will premier in Feb. 2011 in Austin. Can’t wait for this doc to come out. Here is the trailer that has been floating around for a couple years:

Blaze Foley (trailer) from David Hobizal on Vimeo.

Go here to download Blaze Foley – Blaze Foley

Townes Van Zandt & Blaze Foley – Tribute To Clyde Buchanan 5-20-1984

Had some interest in Blaze Foley after the Blaze documentary vid, so here is a cool little recording of Blaze and his best friend Townes Van Zandt. The best I can tell is this was either a radio show, TV show, or just a benefit concert for Clyde Buchanan who was an Austin songwriter (and that’s about all I know about him). What’s cool about this is the little interviews in between the songs. Townes tells a nice story about Pancho & Lefty and a couple of cops. This also features one of my favorite Blaze tunes “Oval Room” which is as relevant now as it was then.
http://www.townesvanzandt.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townes_Van_Zandt
http://www.blazefoley.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaze_Foley
Download Tribute To Clyde Buchanan here

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