David Allan Coe performs “Long Haired Redneck”

It was in 1976 that one of those 'country outlaw's' released to song that has become a classic country, 'Long Haired Redneck'. His name was David Allan Coe. The song is notable for its direct reference to the "outlaw" movement in country music during the 1970s, with which Coe was associated..Song History.

YouTube - Nightrain76 Channel
YouTube - Nightrain76 Channel

Longhaired Redneck:

Lp Cover Jimmy Rabbitt ( Capitol 1976 )
Lp Cover Jimmy Rabbitt ( Capitol 1976 )

The song was written by David Allan Coe & Jimmy Rabbitt, in 1975, David recorded it in November 1975 and it was released in January 1976, it was included on the album of the same name, as the first single, Longhaired redneck (Columbia 1976), I reach position 17 of the USA country charts and position 23 on Canadian charts.

The mid 1970s launched what came to be known as the ‘Country Outlaw Movement’.
Fueled by artist’s like Waylon and Willie, Paycheck and others, the ‘movement’ brought country music to an entirely new audience.
It was in 1976 that one of those ‘country outlaw’s’ released to song that has become a classic country, ‘Long Haired Redneck’. His name was David Allan Coe. The song is notable for its direct reference to the “outlaw” movement in country music during the 1970s, with which Coe was associated.



Lp Cover David Allan Coe ( Columbia 1976 )
Lp Cover David Allan Coe ( Columbia 1976 )

Jimmy was a radio Dj in the 1960s, it was a country music outlaw before it became cool! Jimmy was not only a Dj, he also had his own band, Jimmy Rabbitt and Renegade, they published two albums, the first, The Texas Album (1973) and the second, Jimmy Rabbitt And Renegade (Capitol 1976). Jimmy may not be as well-known as some other ‘Outlaw’s’, I helped make the genre’ what it became.
You just have to listen to the album Jimmy Rabbit and Renegade, to see that it’s 100% outlaw country, ‘Ladies Love Outlaws’, it’s the first song on the album, a classic of the style.

Some versions :

Thore ” Henki ” Holm Hansen 1982 ( DB Records )
Spider Kitten 2016 ( Solid 7 Records )





David Allan Coe – Long Haired Redneck Lyrics

Country deejays knows that I’m an outlaw
They’d never come to see me in this dive
Where bikers stare at cowboys who are laughing at the hippies
Who are praying they’ll get outta here alive

The loud mouth in the corner’s gettin’ to me
Talking ’bout my earrings and my hair
I guess he ain’t read the signs that say I been to prison
Someone ought to warn him ‘fore I knock him off his chair

‘Cause my long hair just can’t cover up my red neck
I’ve won every fight, I’ve ever fought
Hey, I don’t need some turkey telling me that I ain’t country
And sayin’ I ain’t worth the damned ol’ ticket that he bought

‘Cause I can sing all them songs about Texas
And I still do all the sad ones that I know
They tell me, I look like Merle Haggard
And sound a lot like David Allen Coe

And the bar maid in the last town that we played in
Knew the words to every song I’d wrote
She said, Jimmy Rabbit turned her on to my last album
Just about the time the jukebox broke

Yeah, Johny Cash helped me get out of prison
Long before Rodriguez stole that goat
I’ve been the Rhinestone Cowboy for so long, I can’t remember
And I can do you every song, Hank Williams ever wrote

And I can sing all them songs about Texas
And I still do all the sad ones that I know
I can’t help it, I look like Merle Haggard
And I sound a lot like David Allen Coe

But the country deejays, all think I’m an outlaw
And they’d never come to see me in this dive
Where bikers stare at cowboys who are laughing at the hippies
Who are praying they’ll get out of here alive

The loud mouth in the corner’s gettin’ to me
Talking ’bout my earrings and my hair

Single David Allan Coe ( 1975 )
Single David Allan Coe ( 1975 )

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