Outlaw country artist David Allan Coe was in a car accident early Tuesday in Florida. He was struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala.
According to a report in the Ocala Star-Banner, Coe was apparently at fault. He was cited by Northern Florida police for running a red light. Neither speeding nor alcohol, however, are suspected. Coe told an officer at the hospital that he didn’t remember anything just before the crash.
Coe’s official website reports that the 73-year-old performer is ”recuperating from his accident and will be OK,” with Coe’s agent confirming the cancellation of his concerts in St. Louis and Louisville, Kentucky.
Often associated with the 1970s Outlaw country scene, Coe has a reputation as a rebel (one of his guitars is even emblazoned with the image of the Confederate flag), partly thanks to the time he spent in prison. His music, though, can be introspective and at times surprisingly gentle.
He’s best known for such songs as “Longhaired Redneck,” “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “Would You Lay with Me (in a Field of Stone),” and “The Ride.” He also wrote the 1970s Johnny Paycheck anthem“Take This Job and Shove It.”
– Alex Long, 98.5 WNCX/Cleveland and Kurt Wolff, Radio.com