Friday, October 07, 2005

Drunken angel

Followers would cling to you
Hang around just to meet you
Some threw roses at your feet
And watch you pass out on the street
Drunken Angel

Those words are from Lucinda Williams' song, "Drunken Angel" and they're about Blaze Foley.

In 1989, the big-voiced, little-known guitarist was shot and killed by his son's friend. In the years following, many artists including John Prine, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Lyle Lovett recorded his songs.

At the time of his death, Foley was in the studio recording a country album. Seven years later, that album, appropriately entitled "Wanted More Dead Than Alive," is set to be released next week.

Hall-of-fame critic Michael Corcoran tells you all of this along with the rest of the tale. He even supplies song clips.


"Drunken Angel" - Lucinda Williams


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At 2:26 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

tripleJ. very interesting. i always wondered who that Lucinda tune was penned for (about). Be sure to let us know how the album turns out once you've digested it.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Gideon said...

TripleJ - any way you can post some of the songs from Ol' Blaze? I've wondered extensively while wandering extensively who "Drunken Angel" was about and would love to hear something of this guy.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

I will look for some old stuff tonight and try to post it. Don't have the new record yet. But there are sound clips in the article I linked to.


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