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BLAZE FOLEY - Live At The Austin Outhouse (1999)

01. Oh Darlin'
02. Clay Pigeons
03. If I Could Only Fly
04. Small Town Hero
05. New Slow Boat To China
06. Our Little Town
07. Officer Norris
08. Christian Lady Talkin' On A Bus
09. Pictures Cards Can't Picture You
10. Election Day
11. Faded Lovers And Memories
12. Oooh Love

If you've ever pondered the identity of Lucinda Williams' "Drunken Angel," wondered who made even Townes Van Zandt feel blue, or what songwriter Merle Haggard would turn to in a moment of spiritual crisis, the answer is simple: Blaze Foley - all of the above.

Foley, a disparate voice even in the iconoclastic circles of Austin, wasn't much known outside of the handful of artists who remember him in their songs and deeds. But before his murder in 1989 at 39, Foley was embraced in Austin for a heart as large as his frame, a soul as deep as his voice and for a self-fulfilling poverty that led him to be remembered as much for his duct-taped shoes as his songs. It's no surprise that Foley died in another losing battle: gunned down while trying to protect an elderly friend's government pension checks.

Thanks to Lost Arts Records' release,"Live at the Austin Outhouse," the world can now hear the gift of this songwriter's soul. The first published recordings of Blaze Foley, taped just four weeks before his death, it captures the simplicity and honesty and of Foley's artistry. From the achingly simple "If I Could Fly" (which Haggard performed for Tammy Wynette's memorial service), to the haunting loneliness of "Picture Cards Can't Picture You," the 12 cuts on this CD capture the forsaken beauty of Foley's music - warts and all - as Foley would only want it. Performed with a "borrowed guitar" and recorded before an audience so sparse one can hear every aside, here's thanking Lost Art Records for finally allowing that audience to swell.
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