Hawke spot­lights lit­tle-known leg­end in new film ‘Blaze’

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Ethan Hawke tells the story of lit­tle­known singer-song­writer Blaze Fo­ley, who in­spired the likes of Wil­lie Nel­son, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Merle Haggard in a new film “Blaze.” Now play­ing in lim­ited re­lease, “Blaze” pro­vides a glimpse into the larger than life per­son­al­ity who wrote en­dur­ing songs “Clay Pi­geons” and “If I Could Only Fly.”

Fo­ley died in 1989 at 39 and is re­mem­bered in a mem­oir by his ex, Sy­bil Rosen, who also co-wrote the film.

Alia Shawkat plays Rosen and singer-song­writer Ben Dickey plays Blaze in the film, which Hawke di­rected, co-wrote and ap­pears in briefly.

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