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Gurf Morlix: Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream

Rootball Records

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In the folklore of Texas music, the name Blaze Foley is often spoken in the most reverent and irreverent terms. Equal parts poet and party animal, Foley was sadly an underappreciated songwriter whose reputation for craziness often overshadowed his lyrical brilliance. Since his untimely murder in 1989, his songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett and John Prine. Few of Foley's recordings are still available, so his old pal Gurf Morlix has created a very fitting and long-overdue tribute. Morlix - well-known as the über-producer/guitarist/Svengali for artists like Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller and Mary Gauthier - has the perfect gritty voice to bring Foley's witty and beautiful words back to life. The poignant duet with Kimmie Rhodes on "If I Could Only Fly" is a bona fide tearjerker, and the quirky "No Goodwill Stores in Waikiki" exemplifies the broad scope of Foley's work. In Morlix's loving hands, they all shine like diamonds. (4 out of 5 stars)

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