In March the outlaw country singer was involved in an auto accident, and when he returned to the stage over the summer a few major things had changed. “I’ve got to tell you everybody quit me except my wife,” he reportedly told the crowd at Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July picnic. “My band quit me. This is a brand new band. This is a brand new me.” Despite this proclamation, don’t expect the 74-year-old Akron native to change his ways, meaning audiences should expect a healthy dose of Waylon Jennings covers (he’s has long idolized the legend) and the occasional rant about how Coe has never quite gotten his commercial or critical due.
Part of this is certainly the singer’s own fault. He’s notoriously prickly, and his catalog is littered with songs that have led critics to label him as racist, misogynist and hateful. But when he’s on his game few have better documented the life and times of the blue-collar worker.