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Ethan Hawke Pays Tribute to Texas Songwriter Blaze Foley

Hawke discusses Blaze, his new film about the unsung Texas outlaw musician.


Texas songwriter Blaze Foley is the subject of Ethan Hawke’s new film, Blaze.


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Texas songwriter Blaze Foley left his mark on outlaw country music – even if he didn't become a household name.

With songs like Clay Pigeons, Sittin' By the Road, and Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries, he’s developed a devoted following after his untimely death in 1989. But, a new film is raising his profile even more.

Ethan Hawke has directed a new biopic of sorts called, simply, Blaze. Hawke plays a small role in the film and cast his friend, musician Ben Dickey, in the lead. Dickey performs all the Blaze songs on the film’s soundtrack.

Both Hawke and Dickey were in Houston recently for screenings of the film and, in the audio above, they tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about telling the story of this multi-faceted, larger-than-life Texas character.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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