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Live At the Austin Outhouse

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A hidden gem treasured by fans of such better-known Texas troubadours as Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Ray Wylie Hubbard, this concert recording captures firsthand the rough-hewn genius of a songwriter who lived on the margins, died young in a hail of bullets, and remains better known through the work of other artists than his own. Among the many covers drawn from his catalog is the Merle Haggard-Willie Nelson duet on “If I Could Only Fly.” (Foley himself is the subject of the songs “Drunken Angel” by Lucinda Williams and “Blaze’s Blues” by Townes Van Zandt.) Not masterfully recorded or played with technical perfection, the considerable worth of Live at the Austin Outhouse is in Foley’s wistful, finely detailed songs such as “Clay Pigeons” and “Our Little Town, ” as well as his good-natured banter on full display in this intimate portrait.


Born: 18 December 1949 in Arkansas

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The colorful yet tragic life of Austin singer/songwriter Blaze Foley -- who was shot and killed in 1989, at the age of 39, while trying to defend an elderly friend -- reads like the most heart-piercing of country ballads. It's no wonder then that extraordinary artists like Foley's friend and hero Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams penned odes to him (Van Zandt's "Blaze's Blues" and Williams' "Drunken Angel"). As for Foley's craft, no less than Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered Foley's "If...
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