Gurf Morlix's tribute to Blaze Foley to come out before 2010 tour
Gurf Morlix has spent the winter in his home studio working on a tribute album to his great friend, the late Blaze Foley, and hopes to have it out in time for his UK tour in October.
"The legend of Blaze is growing steadily," said Morlix, who has recently branched out from a successful career as a producer and musician to become a successful songwriter and performer in his own right.
"He never had any real success during his lifetime - never even had a proper album released - but since he's been gone, he's had songs covered by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine.”
The pair met in the 1970s and Morlix said Foley “attached himself” to him. Homeless throughout the time that Morlix knew him, Foley lived on Morlix’s sofa for months at a time. He was shot dead in 1989 at the age of 39.
He was a really great songwriter and a completely unique individual,” Morlix told Backroads during an interview in December. “Kind of a walking contradiction, the tender love songs and the generous, giving person that he was, and also the mean drunk a lot of the time.”
ownes Van Zandt wrote “Blaze’s Blues” and Lucinda Williams “Drunken Angel” about Foley. A book about him was published last year and a documentary is scheduled for release later this year.
Morlix said he had a tough time selecting the 15 tracks for the project as there were "so many great ones" to choose from, but he has now done it and the official release is planned for the autumn.
Gurf Morlix on Backroads (including confirmed gig dates)