A real blues from ‘Blaze’: Charlie Sexton covers Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Marie’

Charlie Sexton is featured on the upcoming soundtrack to “Blaze” performing Townes Van Zandt’s song “Marie.” JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Accolades have been rolling in for “Blaze,” the biopic about ill-fated Austin songwriter Blaze Foley that premiered at Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals earlier this year before a limited theatrical release this month.

READ MORE: Our review of “Blaze”

The film stars Southern musician Ben Dickey in the title role, but Austin music mainstay Charlie Sexton has been turning a lot of heads for his supporting role as the legendary Townes Van Zandt. Seattle label Light in the Attic will release the “Blaze” soundtrack album next month, and among the highlights is Sexton’s version of Van Zandt’s song “Marie.” We’re premiering the track today on Austin360:

Most of the soundtrack, due out Sept. 21, features Dickey singing Foley’s songs. There’s also a duet between Dickey and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on Blind Willie McTell’s “Pearly Gates,” and Segarra singing “Drunken Angel,” a song Lucinda Williams wrote after Foley was shot and killed in Austin in 1989.

Sexton also recently produced a solo album for Dickey, consisting of the songwriter’s own material, that’s due out early next year. An EP will precede it on Sept. 4, according to Dickey’s Twitter bio.

RELATED: For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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