David Allan Coe

Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers, and prisons from the age of 9. According to his publicity campaigns, he spent time on death row for killing an inmate who demanded oral sex. A public TV documentary produced by KERA Dallas followed Coe back to the prison where he did time. The show ended with a director's note that prison officials could not back up Coe's claims of being on death row. Rolling Stone magazine questioned Coe about the claim in an article titled "Rhinestone Ripoff", putting Coe in a position of having to prove his own guilt. Regardless of the facts, Coe claimed to have been incarcerated at several prisons, including Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield OH (not the location of Ohio's death row at the time). He claimed to have been paroled in 1967, after which he made his way to Nashville where he embarked on his career, recording for small labels before being signed to Columbia Records.

Coe recorded two albums in 1978 and 1982 containing racist and misogynistic lyrics of extreme vulgarity and racial crudity: Nothing Sacred and Underground Album. Also available is a best of the X-rated albums compilation entitled "18 X-Rated Hits." Coe has defended the songs (such as one deriding an adulterous wife who leaves her white husband and children for a black man) as bawdy fun which never made him much money--as well as pointing out that his drummer at the time, Kerry Brown (son of blues guitarist Gatemouth Brown) is black and married to a white woman. Napster added to the confusion regarding Coe's racist songs by mislabeling offensive works by other artists, especially Johnny Rebel, whose songs are often mistakenly attributed to Coe.

Coe was a member of the one percenter biker club, Outlaws MC. Very early in his career, Coe was a sideman in the popular Cleveland rock band Eli Radish, founded by Danny Sheridan. [Wikipedia]

Those in the scenic burg of Ormond Beach, FL will be getting a full week of outlaw country singer David Allan Coe this March. Up in New York City though, we get only one but rare show by the controversial (see above) country music singer - he'll be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, June 11th. Tickets are tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Those are just two of the many upcoming tour dates for the 70-year-old. All dates and a video documentary are below...

David Allan Coe - If that ain't country

David Allan Coe Documentary -- Field Of Stone - DAC

David Allan Coe - 2010 Tour Dates
Fri 02/19/10 Richmond, VA Hat Factory
Sat 02/20/10 Mechanicsburg, PA West Shore Hardware
Sun 02/21/10 Hagerstown, MD Cancun Cantina West
Mon 02/22/10 Hanover, MD Cancun Cantina
Thu 02/25/10 Texarkana, AR Shooter's Sports Bar
Fri 02/26/10 Vinton, LA Texas Longhorn Club
Mon 03/01/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Tue 03/02/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Wed 03/03/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Thu 03/04/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Fri 03/05/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Sat 03/06/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Sun 03/07/10 Ormond Beach, FL Iron Horse Saloon
Fri 03/12/10 Baton Rouge, LA Texas Music Hall
Fri 03/12/10 Dallas, TX Trees
Sat 03/13/10 San Leon, TX 18th Street Pier
Fri 03/19/10 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans Music Hall
Sat 03/20/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Sun 03/21/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium
Thu 03/25/10 Sioux Falls, SD Orpheum Theater Center
Fri 03/26/10 Evansville, WI Wild Ride Saloon
Sat 03/27/10 Waukesha, WI Waukesha Expo Center
Sun 03/28/10 Taylor, MI All Around Bar
Thu 04/01/10 Colorado Springs, CO Cowboys
Fri 04/02/10 Denver, CO Grizzly Rose
Wed 04/14/10 Modesto, CA The Fat Cat Music House And Lounge
Thu 04/15/10 Redondo Beach, CA Brixton
Fri 04/16/10 Hanford, CA Fox Theatre
Sat 04/17/10 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Wed 04/21/10 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Thu 04/22/10 Laughlin, NV Tropicana Express Hotel Casino
Fri 04/23/10 Laughlin, NV Tropicana Express Hotel Casino
Sat 05/08/10 Greenville, MS Harlow's Casino & Resort
Thu 05/20/10 Port Huron, MI Military St. Music Cafe
Fri 05/21/10 Detroit, MI Blondies
Sat 05/22/10 Pittsburgh, PA The Altar Bar
Fri 06/04/10 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
Sat 06/05/10 Norfolk, NE Off Road Ranch
Fri 06/11/10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Sun 06/20/10 Myrtle Beach, SC Boathouse

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