Highlights
  • 12 years in the making
  • Includes animation
  • Archival performances
  • Interview with Merle Haggard
Year
  • 2011 first release
  • 2013 second release
Film Festivals
  • SXSW, Austin
  • IDFA, Amsterdam
  • NXNW, Toronto
  • InEdit, Barcelona
  • Chicago International
  • Memphis International
World Tour
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia

Stars burn out,

Legends live forever.

Blaze’s short life was lived fully with equal parts whimsical freedom and gut-wrenching blues. A self taught musician, his songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, Michael Cera and The Avett Brothers.

Where to buy

Inside the Film

The documentary began ten years after Blaze’s death, so different techniques were used to tell his story and showcase his music. Fortunately, Austin had many video producers who recognized Blaze’s talent and their footage is used in the film. Stories about Blaze’s offbeat antics are rendered in animation to bring them to life. Over 130 interviews were conducted with friends and peers of Blaze to create a complete picture from a patchwork of their observations and memories.

Archival Performances

Animation

Interviews

Blaze Foley Inside

Born in a tree house, killed in a friend’s living room, 86’ed from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide country music legend. His heartfelt songs are covered by Merle Haggard, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. “Duct Tape Messiah” reveals the secret of failing in the music business while succeeding as a legend.

Where to Watch

The Trailer

The Purchase

Official Film Website

Cover of Duct Tape Messiah DVD