It pays to be buddies with Ethan Hawke.
Ben Dickey, 41, was feeling down — his band Blood Feathers was, in his phrases, “cratering.” Nonetheless his pal Hawke had an idea — he was going to make a biopic about outlaw-country singer Blaze Foley, and Dickey, with almost no performing experience, was going to star.
“I assumed he was merely kind of claiming, ‘Hey, dude, protect your head up. You’ll be able to do irrespective of you want. You typically is a star in a movie, man!’ ” Dickey tells The Submit. “Nonetheless as time went on, all of it acquired truly precise.”
The biopic, “Blaze,” opens Friday, and constructive adequate, it’s Dickey bringing the forgotten singer’s tragic story once more to life. The film follows three timelines, specializing in Foley’s romance with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat of “Arrested Progress” fame); the night of his lack of life, in 1989; and his legacy. Though he’s largely unknown by most individuals as we communicate, Foley was influential for singer-songwriters much like his buddy Townes Van Zandt, and his tracks have been coated by the likes of Merle Haggard and John Prine.
Dickey, who’s 6-foot-5, had no disadvantage referring to Foley — they’re every huge guys from Arkansas. But it surely absolutely went deeper than that.
“He was a desperate-feeling fella,” says Dickey. “I’m a very delicate critter on planet Earth, and I’ve dipped down in my life making an attempt to make it as a musician and been down and out.”
Dickey grew up in Little Rock, Ark., sooner than transferring to Philadelphia on the age of 20. There have been events when he was dwelling out of a car, attempting to launch a music occupation. Nonetheless he lastly found stability as a chef, preserving his rock ’n’ roll on the side. Until four years previously, that is, when he put the restaurant life behind him and relocated to an antebellum dwelling on his former supervisor’s cotton-and-corn farm in Gilliam, La. He continues to reside there now, with Beth Blofson, his confederate of 18 years whom he refers to as his “sweetheart.”
Dickey and Hawke, who was born in Texas, met when Hawke acquired collectively alongside together with his now-wife, Ryan, who’s Blofson’s best buddy from childhood.
“I knew who Ethan was, nevertheless I’m unlikely the starstruck type,” says Dickey. “So as soon as we first met, we merely grew to change into fast buddies over every being Southern of us and loving music and meals and movies. Steve Martin was one among many huge points that we truly bonded over.”
Dickey will subsequent appear in a Western, “The Little one,” alongside Hawke and Chris Pratt, and following the discharge of the “Blaze” soundtrack, with Dickey singing, he’ll put out his second solo album in January.
“For the first time in my life,” says Dickey, “I’m making art work and it seems to be working with me as a substitute of in opposition to me.”