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David Allan Coe is a country music singer and songwriter from Akron, Ohio. He is known for popularizing the outlaw country genre for which he become particularly famous during the 1970s and 80s era. Some of his most known hits were “You Never Ever Called Me by My Name”, “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” and “Longhaired Redneck”. But perhaps his biggest hit to date was the song “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)”. This single went number one in many countries and was covered by many popular artists such as Tanya Tucker. His other famous hit was “Take This Job and Shove it”. This song was also famously covered by Johnny Paycheck and was featured in the hit film. For his latest concert, David Allan Coe tickets are now available.
Coe began his career in his hometown of Akron. He was inspired by singers such as Johnny Ace and vowed to be like them someday. By the age of 9, he began to take a keen interest in music. However, he was sent to a reform school, a place he continued to visit for the next 20 years of his life. He gained the motivation to become a songwriter from Jay Hawkins, someone he would write songs with during the time they spent together in jail. When he recalls his time spent as a convict, he talks of how he was bullied and was the victim of racist slurs because he had made friends with black inmates. David went back to jail in 1967 after which he started a career in music when he went to Nashville. He lived very near to the “Grand Ole Opry” and would often catch well known singers visit the place with their producers. This was how he met with an official from “Plantation Records” and managed to score a deal with them by the end of the year. During this time, Coe had nowhere else to go—he had lost his home to the “Internal Revenue Service” and was living at a cave instead. The contract helped him in getting back up and starting a legitimate career.
By 1968, David Allan had finally released his first album by the name of “Penitentiary Blues”. This also led to his tour with the “Grand Funk Railroad”. By 1971, he had listed himself as a songwriter for the “Windows Publishing Company” where he worked alongside Rose Drake and Pete Drake. He wrote many well known songs for other artists, most prominently “Souvenirs and California Mem’rys” for Billie Jo Spears. Later on, he even wrote a track for Tanya Tucker, giving her a number one, and earning the title of being the top songwriter of Nashville. With his credibility and chart performance, he managed to get a recording contract with “Columbia Records”. With his new label, he recorded his own version of the song he wrote for Tucker, “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)”. He also covered songs by other artists in his new record, including John Prine and Steve Goodman. This song reached the top 10 of the Billboard. This was followed by a steady string of more chart successes.
Coe has a music style today that skews towards more rock and the blues than pure country music. His tone of singing has been described as being a “throaty baritone”. The lyrics he writes for his songs are often comedic and even sarcastic. William Ruhlmann has often described him as being almost of a parody artist rather than a country singer. Others like Stephen Thomas Erlewine have called him an unashamed artist, indulging in a honky tonk, harder sounding country, singing about his time in prison, and other gritty subjects. He has also been called an outlaw through and through.
The subject matter of his songs furthermore revolve around drug and alcohol abuse, often blatantly so to the point where it sounds smug. Some have struggled to correctly find a name for his genre; some calling it redneck music and others naming it the voodoo blues. For these topics, he has cited Jerry Lee Lewis, Tony Joe White and Charlie Rich as his main influences. This also gives his music a punk edge. Another reason why he has always been the centre of controversy is the fact that there have not been many country singers who sing so openly about suck inappropriate themes. One thing that can be guaranteed however, is that his fans will enjoy the almost rock concert like show that he puts together, making David Allan Coe tickets worthwhile.
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