The Rhinestone Cowboy Rides Again

By Rob Greenwell

I honestly think even a well-schooled academic from the Ivy League would have a hard time finding a way to describe David Allen Coe. The renegade Rhinestone Cowboy made his annual pilgrimage to Coyote's on Thursday, November 21, 2002 and on that night; he might have found a niche that he can hold onto.

David Allan Coe didn't walk off the stage this time, which was a huge surprise, given that he has walked off-stage the last two shows at the club. Secondly, he has developed into a storyteller, talking about all the songs that he has written over the years. While no one will ever accuse Coe of being a great vocalist, he is an excellent storyteller. This new part of his show will allow Coe to spend more years on the road, as it will save his already worn-out throat.

If you know anything about David Allan Coe, then you know what songs are going to be at his shows: "Jack Daniel's If You Please" and the infamous "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" are givens. The biggest surprise, however, wasn't even his wretched attempt to add Eminem to his show ("Slim Shady"), but was "La Bamba," a tune that no one would have expected D. A. Coe to sing. He did a rather good job on the song, too.

The opener for the show was none other that the college-educated rabble rouser himself, Dallas Moore. This guy is incredible, taking a style that began with Skynyrd, Hatchet, CDB and even Coe and taking it to a completely new level. Plain and simple, Dallas Moore is the future of Southern Rock/Country redneck music.

Here is a redneck checklist in order to see Dallas Moore live (or for that matter David Allan Coe): 1. Make sure you take a vacation day the day after the show, because you will have a hangover from drinking too much, or if you don't drink it, will take you at least a day to get the ringing in your ears to stop. 2. Forget about your troubles right as you walk in the door. 3. Let your redneck side come out, because you have no choice, as Dallas will bring that side of you out and 4. Have a Good Time; don't come to Dallas's show if you are not going to have a good time.

I have said it before and I will say it again, a person must see a David Allan Coe / Dallas Moore show once in their lifetime before they die. It's an interesting experience that is certain to have you talking about it around the water cooler for some times to come.

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