GOLDMINE: Congratulations on David Allan Coe’s Biketoberfest '01: Live from the Iron Horse Saloon recorded here in Daytona Beach, Florida.
STEVE POPOVICH JR.: We are very excited to bring this classic concert to vinyl, keeping the legacy of my dad’s Cleveland International Records alive.
GM: David Allan played Biketoberfest again this year, with seven days in a row at the Iron Horse Saloon. We weren’t sure if it was going to happen, due to the pandemic, but the city approved Biketoberfest to happen again this year. Just a few months before your dad passed away in 2011, we were writing back and forth about his country music connection and the Saturday night in 1978 when he bought David Allan’s Family Album at Peaches Records & Tapes, where I worked during my college years. I thought he was in the wrong aisle. In general, he would meet me on Saturday nights in the rock aisle in front of the Meat Loaf section, but that night he was a couple of aisles away, and we talked at length about country music. By that time, David Allan’s composition “Take This Job and Shove It” was a No. 1 country single for Johnny Paycheck, and I think he was interested in hearing it performed by the songwriter, which David Allan had included on his 1978 Family Album release, plus David Allan was from Cleveland, like us, and was on Columbia, with your dad’s connections there.
SP: You certainly have a great memory.
GM: Well, spending time with your dad on Saturday nights, during the heyday of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, made memories to last a lifetime. I just spoke with Ellen Foley, and she said about your dad, “Bat Out of Hell would have never been created without Steve Popovich’s insight, passion, and love of music.” She said three words that she sang on “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” which are, “Stop right there!” changed her life. Ellen has recorded a beautiful new version of Jim Steinman’s composition “Heaven Can Wait” from Bat Out of Hell, which will be the finale on her new album coming out in August called Fighting Words.
SP: I heard. I am so happy for her.
GM: Your new David Allan Coe vinyl album includes “Take This Job and Shove It,” which eventually made it to 45 for him in 1981, as the flip side of his version of “Stand by Your Man,” which he recorded after The Blues Brothers brought it to their film in the prior year, in a funny bar scene.
David Allan Coe
Flip side: Take This Job and Shove It
A side: Stand by Your Man
Country singles debut: March 14, 1981
Peak position: No. 88
SP: We have a whole concert in a bar on this album. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It sounds as good, if not better, than it did twenty years ago. I have held aside two vinyl copies for a Goldmine Giveaway plus, I’ll make a special offer to Goldmine readers that if they buy the vinyl album online at clevelandinternational.com, I will also send them a CD copy of the album for free.
GM: That sounds wonderful. Thank you. I’ll tell the readers about the album next.
SP: Thank you for your support of my family’s Cleveland International Records releases over the years. Great talking with you again, my friend.
The first side of this fourteen song live vinyl album begins in a conversational way, with “I’m an Ohio Boy,” with David Allan Coe delivering a relaxed autobiography. “Son of the South” follows, with the full band delivering a blend of a ZZ Top and Charlie Daniels sound, preceding Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” by a few years, and capturing a similar musical and cultural sentiment. A pair of songs that he wrote while on tour with Kid Rock come next beginning with the bouncy “59 Cadillac, 57 Chevrolet” followed by the bluesy “Wreckless.” The set builds with a pair of rockers, “Nothing to Lose” and “When I Was a Young Man,” before rowdy crowd participation ensues on “It That Ain’t Country Part II,” bookending the autobiographical content of the first side of the album.
Side two is more melodic, beginning with “Only God Knows Why” followed by sweet storytelling on “Single Father.” A great sample for a country music title comes next, “Drank My Wife Away.” The Biketoberfest crowd loved “A Harley Someday,” with the key line, “Right now I have a Honda but I’ll have a Harley someday,” and the bikers’ enthusiasm continued with “Take This Job and Shove It” before a pair of his Top 10 country hits concluded the set, 1983’s “The Ride,” about Hank Williams, with a melody like “Fancy,” and 1975’s “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” written by Steve Goodman, making for a very fun ending of side two.
Cleveland International Records - Goldmine Giveaway – David Allan Coe
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