• 12 years in the making
  • Includes animation
  • Archival performances
  • Interview with Merle Haggard
  • 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 full of mystery and a whimsical freedom most only dream of. A self taught musician whose songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, Michael Cera and The Avett Brothers.

Inside the Film

Blaze was tragically shot before the documentary project began, so a number of techniques are used to tell his story and present his music to the public. Fortunately, Austin had several video producers who recognized Blaze’s talent and they captured his performances for posterity. Stories about Blaze’s hilarious antics were rendered using animation to bring them to life. And over 130 interviews were conducted with his friends and peers to better assemble a complete picture from a patchwork of their observations and memories of Blaze.

Archival Performances

Image from video by Hank Sinatra


From the film Duct Tape Messiah


From the film Duct Tape Messiah

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 Short HD Version

The Full Length HD Version (to buy or rent)

Where to Learn More