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David Allan Coe may be the most controversial musician in country music history. Not even Western Swing pioneer Spade Cooley, who was convicted of murdering his wife as their daughter watched, has received as much notorious press as Coe. Prison time. Tattoos and scars. Motorcycle gangs. Cheatin' songs, drinkin' songs and a famously nasty attitude long ago marked Coe as country's outlaw. Oh, and then there's the matter of a pair of X-rated albums that he released in the mid '70's, "Underground" and "Nothing Sacred."  ...

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An open letter to the mysterious rhinestone cowboy Dear David Allan Coe, I wish I had told you this sooner, but I still want you to know that I think "You Never Called Me By My Name" was indeed the perfect country and western song. Unfortunately, the accent has to be on the word "was." Country music has changed a lot in the last few years. Nowadays, you never hear anybody on the radio singing about trains or trucks or heaven forbid drinking alcoholic beverages or going to prison. They never sing about their mama either. (But this is understandable; since they started cloning country singers, most of them don't even have mamas.)  ...

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