LOST IN THE NOISE

October 12 — CLAY PIGEONS, Blaze Foley (1989)

img_1227Blaze Foley was one of Texas’ greatest mythical figures, a man who played in the corners and shadows until his tragic death at age 39. Foley struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. He spent most of his life homeless or drifting, and became known for his duct-taped shoes, and for giving what few pennies he had to others. He was good friends with Townes Van Zandt. His songs were recorded by Lyle Lovett, John Prine and Merle Haggard. Lucinda Williams wrote “Drunken Angel” about him. And when this song popped up this morning on a Spotify playlist, it sounded like the saddest, sweetest melody I’d ever heard.

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