Born September 6th, 1939 in Akron, Ohio, USA. From the age of nine, Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers and prisons. According to his publicity handout, he spent time on Death Row after killing a fellow inmate who demanded oral sex. When Rolling Stone magazine questioned this, Coe responded with a song, ‘I’d Like To Kick The Shit Out Of You’. Whatever the truth of the matter, Coe was paroled in 1967 and took his songs about prison life to Shelby Singleton who released two albums on his SSS label. Coe wrote Tanya Tucker’s 1974 US country number 1, ‘Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)?’. He took to calling himself Davey Coe – the Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy, performing in a mask, and driving a hearse. He satirized the themes of country music with hilarious additions to Steve Goodman’s ‘You Never Even Called Me By My Name’, but has often used the clichés himself. 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’.
In 1978 Johnny Paycheck had a US country number 1 with Coe’s ‘Take This Job And Shove It’, which inspired a film of the same title in 1981, and Coe’s own successes included the witty ‘Divers Do It Deeper’ (1978), ‘Jack Daniels If You Please’ (1979), ‘Now I Lay Me Down To Cheat’ (1982), ‘The Ride’ (1983), which conjures up a meeting between Coe and Hank Williams, and ‘Mona Lisa’s Lost Her Smile’ (1984), which reached number 2 on the US country charts, his highest position as a performer. Recordings with other performers include ‘Don’t Cry Darlin” and ‘This Bottle (In My Hand)’ with George Jones, ‘I’ve Already Cheated On You’ with Willie Nelson, and ‘Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands’ with Bill Anderson.
Coe’s 1978 album Human Emotions was about his divorce – one side being ‘Happy Side’ and the other ‘Su-I-side’. The controversial cover of Texas Moon shows the bare backsides of his band and crew, and he has also released two mail-order albums of explicit songs, Nothing Sacred and Underground.
Coe appears incapable of separating the good from the ridiculous and his albums are erratic. At his best, he is a sensitive, intelligent writer. Similarly, his stage performances with his Tennessee Hat Band differ wildly in length and quality: sometimes it is non-stop music, sometimes it features conjuring tricks. Coe’s main trick, however, is to remain successful, as country music fans grow exasperated with his over-the-top publicity. He may still be an outlaw but as Waylon Jennings remarks in ‘Living Legends’, that only means double-parking on Music Row.
On this special presentation of the historic Wheeling Jamboree we will celebrate the 88th Anniversary of the origination of the Jamboree.
The show has a great lineup featuring 4 time Grammy winner Singer-Songwriter, Master Guitar Picker Steve Wariner.
A favorite of Jamboree fans going back to his early appearances on the Jamboree including the 50th Anniversary in 1983.
Twenty albums into his five-decade career, Steve Wariner still has plenty of musical tricks up his sleeve.
His top tracks include: Holes in the Floor of Heaven, Lonely Women Make Good Lovers, Some Fools Never Learn, The Weekend, Life’s Highway, Katie Wants a Fast One, Burnin’ The Road House Down, Lynda and others.
In 1977 he signed his first record deal with Guitar Legend and producer Chet Atkins and appeared at the Jamboree many times during a young Brad Paisley’s formative years.
Brad says that Steve was a “great influence on me”.
A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. 11 million albums sold. Time-honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances. GRAMMY nominations. CMT and ACM awards. Nearly 200 million plays on YouTube. Hell, even a slew of movie and TV roles have come the Grand Ole Opry member's way. But ask Adkins what's left to prove in his career and the small-town Louisiana native says it's simple: the itch remains. To create. To collaborate. To continually feel the excitement that comes after whipping up a new song out of thin air and laying it down to tape. It's what, after all these years, he says he still craves. "It's an adrenaline rush and I love it," says Adkins, who is back in the studio working on a new project. "There's nothing else like that," the Louisiana naive offers. "That is still my favorite thing to do in this business. Go into the studio with just some lyrics and a melody and then let the finest musicians in the world help take it and turn it into something magical. It liberates me. I just dig it!"
Working with some of Nashville's most respected songwriters, Adkins continues to find ways to connect with his fans through music while recording what he describes as autobiographical songs throughout his career. "Over the years people have asked me 'How could we get to know you?' Well, if you really wanted to know who Trace Adkins is go back and listen to the album cuts on the records I've done over my career. Those are the songs that reflect where I was in my head at the time I made that record." It's an interesting change of perspective for Adkins, however, when he hits the road for a slew of his now legendary live gigs. Where the studio offers him unique insight into his current state of mind, onstage, when revisiting his classic songs like "You're Gonna Miss This" or "Every Light in the House" nearly every evening, he says he's taken back, if only for a brief while, to earlier moments in his life.
"It's hard to describe, I gotta be honest," he says of being overcome with emotion and reflection when trotting out some of his time-tested cuts for adoring audiences. "I've gotten to the point now where I'll be onstage singing 'Every Light In The House Is On' and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn't even alive when I recorded that song." He laughs. "To watch their face go, Oh, that's a cool hook, it's like 'Oh my god, that's the first time that person ever heard that song!'"
Adkins says he's profoundly touched that he serves as an inspiration to a younger generation of country artists, much in the way he revered icons like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard when first moving to Nashville. "I dig it. I want to be in that position," he says of taking the reigns as an elder statesman of the genre. "I want to be looked at that way. I want those guys to think and know they can walk up to me and ask me anything and know that I'm here for them and I'll help them however I can. I relish that position. With one million followers on Spotify and over one billion spins on Pandora (10 million spins per month), the longstanding country icon has yet to lose any of his trademark passion and killer instinct for his craft.