Saturday March 9th
Tickets Adv 13.33
MUSIC at 8
He may not be the most original outlaw, but there’s none more outlaw than him. “Coe’s lyrics frequently include references to alcohol and drug use, and are often boisterous and cocky.
Coe was born in Akron, Ohio on September 6, 1939. His favorite singer as a child was Johnny Ace. After being sent to a reform school at the age of 9, he spent much of the next 20 years in correctional facilities. Coe received encouragement to begin writing songs from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, with whom he had spent time in prison. Coe was treated poorly by racist inmates because he was friends with African American prisoners. After concluding another prison term in 1967, Coe embarked on a music career in Nashville, living in a hearse which he parked in front of the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry was located, and caught the attention of the independent record label Plantation Records, and signed a contract with the label.After the Internal Revenue Service seized his home in Key West, Florida, Coe lived in a cave in Tennessee, and later remarried and got back on his feet.
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, with William Ruhlmann describing him as a “near-parody of a country singer.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine describes Coe as “a great, unashamed country singer, singing the purest honky-tonk and hardest country of his era!
The Band Benefields Motto:
“PUT SOME SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH”
“With lyrics that transport you to memories of riding wild through the backwoods and enjoying the country side of life… Their sound is unique to describe but I akin it to the aural equivalent of a good whiskey… That first sweet bite. Salty, strong, and smoky with a hint of burnt rubber.” -Mel Banks
B3 Bar and Grill
2523 Veterans Memorial Highway