If there's ever been a way to describe
DAC, it has got to be his ability to defy categorization. With nearly three
decades of following his musical muse wherever it's led, this outlaw has
crossed the panorama of American roots music.
As well as being a singer,
songwriter, guitarist, David is also a magician, deep sea treasure hunter and
movie star. His movies include "Stagecoach", "The Last Days of Frank and Jessie
James". "Lady Grey", "Buckstone County Prison" and "Take This Job and Shove It"
to mention a few. David signed with SUN Records in 1968 and recorded his first
album "Penitentiary Blues", all songs that he wrote in prison. In 1973 Columbia
Records bought David's contract from Sun and he recorded his first album "The
Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy" several years before Glen Campbell had a hit with
the song "Rhinestone Cowboy".
David is a star
in every sense of the word, and someone to look up to and learn
from. The term "living legend" may be overused to the
point of cliche, but in the case of David, it fits like a glove.
Hailed by Country Music Magazine as "..one of the most
singularly fascinating and enigmatic figures to carve a niche in
‘70s and ‘80s country music," Coe continues to cut his
own bold and singular path through the world of popular music.
David is a man comfortable in all kinds of music--provided that
music has the unbridled passion of a man committed to life
without limits. Still while it's hard to pin the man down in any
one place, space or time the people who've been turning out for
David's legendary live performances over the last decade have
elevated him to cult hero status. Because of his ability to
capture their emotions they have embraced David's music and used
it as their own rallying cry against the status quo.
As each new
generation of Rednecks Kickers, Pickers, Preppies, Skinheads,
Deadheads, Hippies and Bikers come to hear David's music, his
legend and popularity grows!
At a time when
the touring industry is anemic, he continues to play some 200
dates a year. David is packing 'em in on college campuses, biker
bars (Iron Horse Saloon), honky tonks, state fairs, blues bars
and music halls. If there's a stage and people looking to let
off some steam and have their feelings re-calibrated, David will
be there. It's a covenant that keeps the "Long Haired
Redneck" on the road.
His devotion to
the fans, and the music, has created a spiral that now has its
own momentum. At David's shows there's a chemical reaction that
transforms the songs when the audience is in the house. For it's
the people that set David on fire. When they start whooping and
hollering, it feeds an already burning love of music and stokes
the flames higher. You can hear the musicians straining to get
every last drop of passion from their instruments. It's in the
way the notes bend, the beats pound and David's gravelly voice
just keeps coming at you like a train. In those moments, it's
easy to remember why music mattered so. And in those moments, we
can all be transformed. But it takes someone willing to push the
envelope to make it happen. For David, pushing the envelope is
the natural course and just a starting point.