David Allan Coe will hang around as long as you will let him. And he wrote "Take This Job and Shove It." Although it was a little hard to get past the sheer sight of him - the grizzly offspring of Gregg Allman and one of Dr. Teeth's band from The Muppet Show, maybe - he wasn't getting paid to look pretty at House of Blues Thursday night. He rushed "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" about halfway through well over an hour of his songs ("Willie, Waylon and Me," "If That Ain't Country," "Shove It") and everybody else's, not least Willie & Waylon ("Good Hearted Woman," "I Can Get Off on You," "Amanda"), Kris Kristofferson ("Sunday Morning Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night"), Elvis ("Suspicious Minds"), George Jones ("Tennessee Whiskey") and Flatt & Scruggs ("Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"). If anyone ever wants to start a biker/outlaw grub franchise a la Showbiz Pizza, Coe is the only graphic-design model for the Animatronic band they'd ever need.
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