It pays to be buddies with Ethan Hawke.
Ben Dickey, 41, was feeling down — his band Blood Feathers was, in his phrases, “cratering.” However his pal Hawke had an concept — he was going to make a biopic about outlaw-country singer Blaze Foley, and Dickey, with just about no appearing expertise, was going to star.
“I believed he was simply type of saying, ‘Hey, dude, hold your head up. You are able to do no matter you need. You might be a star in a movie, man!’ ” Dickey tells The Submit. “However as time went on, all of it bought actually actual.”
The biopic, “Blaze,” opens Friday, and positive sufficient, it’s Dickey bringing the forgotten singer’s tragic story again to life. The movie follows three timelines, specializing in Foley’s romance with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat of “Arrested Improvement” fame); the night time of his loss of life, in 1989; and his legacy. Although he’s largely unknown by most of the people at this time, Foley was influential for singer-songwriters akin to his good friend Townes Van Zandt, and his tracks have been coated by the likes of Merle Haggard and John Prine.
Dickey, who is 6-foot-5, had no downside regarding Foley — they’re each huge guys from Arkansas. Nevertheless it 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., earlier than shifting to Philadelphia on the age of 20. There have been instances when he was residing out of a automotive, making an attempt to launch a music profession. However he finally discovered stability as a chef, protecting his rock ’n’ roll on the facet. Till 4 years in the past, that is, when he put the restaurant life behind him and relocated to an antebellum home on his former supervisor’s cotton-and-corn farm in Gilliam, La. He continues to dwell there now, with Beth Blofson, his accomplice of 18 years whom he refers to as his “sweetheart.”
Dickey and Hawke, who was born in Texas, met when Hawke bought collectively together with his now-wife, Ryan, who is Blofson’s finest good friend from childhood.
“I knew who Ethan was, however I’m probably not the starstruck kind,” says Dickey. “So once we first met, we simply grew to become quick buddies over each being Southern folks and loving music and meals and films. Steve Martin was one of many huge issues that we actually bonded over.”
Dickey will subsequent seem in a Western, “The Child,” 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 primary time in my life,” says Dickey, “I’m making artwork and it appears to be working with me as a substitute of towards me.”