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Lonesome Onry and Mean: Blaze Foley Documentary Screening This Friday at the Old Quarter

It's been a long time in the making, but apparently the long-rumored documentary on Austin songwriting legend Blaze Foley is about to finally get a screening. Thursday, Lonesome Onry and Mean received an email from Old Quarter Acoustic Café empressario Wrecks Bell announcing a showing of the documentary May 29 at the Galveston club.

The showing will include a concert by long-time Foley friend and musical partner Gurf Morlix, who memorialized Foley on his album Last Exit To Happyland, on the song "Music You Might've Made," earlier this year.

As usual with this snakebitten project, there is confusion even about the title, as Foley's Web site calls the film Blaze Foley Inside (Drunken Angel) while the Abraxas Media trailer shows Blaze Foley: The Duct Tape Messiah.

Morlix, who worked with Foley and Guy Schwartz in Houston in the early 1980s, mentioned the documentary during his recent show at the Mucky Duck. The film had been set for a debut at SXSW in March, but was cancelled at the last moment.

Austin filmmaker Kevin Triplett has been working on the project since 2000, and had to reconfigure the film after his computer was stolen in 2005.

Foley, the subject of Lucinda Williams' song "Beautiful Loser" on her Car Wheels on a Gravel Road album, was an Austin legend. Essentially homeless, he lived on people's couches and often slept under the pool table at the Austin Outhouse.

8 p.m. Friday May 29, at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., Galveston, 409 762 9199 or

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