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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thursday To-Do: 'Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah will screen Thursday night at Stickyz.
  • 'Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah' will screen Thursday night at Stickyz.

8:30 p.m., Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Malvern-born troubadour and duct tape aficionado Blaze Foley finally gets his due in a documentary more than 20 years after he was shot to death by a friend over nothing more than a grudge.

Although some of his greatest songs are best known from the interpretations of other artists, such as Merle Haggard ("If Only I Could Fly") and John Prine ("Clay Pigeons"), Foley's music maintains an impressive legion of followers. He lived all over the country, from Georgia to Chicago to Austin, and his vast number of acquaintances made the film project a logistically difficult one for Texan director Kevin Triplett.

Little Rock lawyer Brad Hendricks, whose firm is sponsoring the screening at Stickyz, was one of those acquaintances; they were good friends and even shared a place one time. Multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix, who has collaborated with everyone from Robert Earl Keen to Lucinda Williams (whose "Drunken Angel" is a tribute to Foley), performs after the documentary screening with Triplett.

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