Media Arts Program

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission

Rust Belt Books presents

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah - Film Screening plus Performance by Gurf Morlix

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah Born in a tree house, killed in a friend's living room, and 86'd from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide Texas legend. His songs are covered by Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Joe Nichols. This new documentary movie brings his story to life on the screen.

Foley was born Michael David Fuller in Malvern, Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He performed in a gospel band called The Fuller Family with his mother and sisters. After leaving home, he performed in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and finally Austin, Texas. He was close friends with Townes Van Zandt.

His song "If I Could Only Fly" became a hit in the interpretation of Merle Haggard. His song "Election Day" was covered by Lyle Lovett on his 2003 album "My Baby Don't Tolerate" and his song "Clay Pigeons" was covered by John Prine on his Grammy Award winning 2005 album "Fair and Square." Joe Nichols pays tribute to "If I Could Only Fly" by recording it for his album "Real Things" released in 2007.

Foley jokingly claimed to be the illegitimate son of Red Foley and Blaze Starr.

Foley placed duct tape on the tips of his cowboy boots to mock the "Urban Cowboy" crazed folks with their silver tipped cowboy boots. He later made a suit out of duct tape that he used to walk around in. At his funeral, his casket was coated with duct tape by his friends. Townes Van Zandt was quoted as saying that "he'd have to dig Foley up to get the pawn ticket for his guitar that was in his pocket".

Gurf Morlix The screening of Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah will be followed by a set of Blaze Foley songs performed by Austin-based singer-songwriter-producer-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix. Gurf has been a major thread in the fabric of American roots music for over 20 years. But before he became a recognized name on the scene for his work with such reknowned artists as Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Mary Gauthier, Gurf hung, played and performed with songwriter Blaze Foley.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Gurf moved to Texas in 1975 and initially performed with Blaze Foley, in both Austin and Houston. Moving to Los Angeles in 1981, he met up with Lucinda Williams, a fellow Texas-based musician who had also moved there. He became her accompanist for 11 years (1985 to 1996) and produced two of her records: Lucinda Williams and its follow-up, Sweet Old World. In 1990 he accompanied Warren Zevon on tour. He relocated back to Austin in 1991.

Gurf is a member of the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2004) and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (2005), and is the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year for 2009.