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David Allan Coe

  • Dates October 24, 2018
  • Time Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Admission $51
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  • Location King Center for the Performing Arts
  • Address 3865 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, FL 32935
  • Phone (321) 242-2219
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Like Merle Haggard before him, David Allan Coe served time in prison before setting his dreams on becoming a country music star. Coe headed to Nashville in 1967 and found his first big success over five years later — as a songwriter. As a singer, his biggest hits were “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “The Ride,” “You Never Even Called Me by My Name,” “She Used to Love Me a Lot,” and “Longhaired Redneck.”

His best-known compositions are the No. 1 successes “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” (which was covered by Tanya Tucker) and “Take This Job and Shove It” (which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck and inspired a hit movie.) His defiant stance and love of motorbikes, multiple tattoos and ultra-long hair made him a natural ‘Nashville outlaw’, which he wrote about in the self-glorifying ‘Longhaired Redneck’ and ‘Willie, Waylon And Me.’

Coe’s musical style derives from blues, rock and country music traditions. His vocal style is described as a “throaty baritone”. His lyrical content is often humorous or comedic. Thomas Erlewine describes Coe as “a great, unashamed country singer, singing the purest honky-tonk and hardest country of his era…..He may not be the most original outlaw, but there’s none more outlaw than him.”

October 24, 2018

Ticket prices: $51

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