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David Allan Coe  “Biker Story”

  In a day when it seems that every musician now rides a bike, Merle releases “Motorcycle Cowboy”, Kid Rock roars on stage on a hog, and Travis Tritt takes his Harley on a three day cruise, it’s imperative to mention the original biker-musician.  David Allan Coe, who has recently added many of the Easyriders events to his tour, including the 2001 Rodeos at Fowlersville Michigan and Chilicothe, Ohio.  He granted us an interview in Fowlersville.

 What was the first bike you ever owned?

A Whizzer, then a Cushman.  I got an Indian, then finally a Sportster.  I’ve ridden Panheads ever since.

In your opinion, which bike is the best?  What’s your favorite?

Panheads forever.

How has your biker lifestyle affected your musical career?

It’s hurt in a lot of ways, helped in others.

How did you become involved in the biker lifestyle? 

I had cousins who were Outlaws.  I guess I was always around them, my whole life.

You were a patch holder at one time. Do you still wear colors?

I am a retired Outlaw.

Do you ever resent your career because it hinders your riding time?

No, my music comes first.  I am 62, so it doesn’t really matter quite as much as it used to.

How is a predominantly biker audience different from others?

I don’t always have a predominantly biker crowd.  I get a lot of college kids lately, probably because I’ve been on tour with Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker. I’ve been doing a lot of shows at the Iron Horse Saloon. I think the bikers are more open. They listen more intently to the music and the words.  Rednecks want to dance, but the bikers listen.

What are you planning on doing next?

I’ll tour with my own band for a while, and we’re considering the Easyriders 2002 Bike Show Tour.

Do you have any advice for new bikers?

Yeah…love the bike for the freedom it gives you-don’t get caught up in the bullshit.  Don’t try to keep up with images.

 If that ain’t a biker, I’ll kiss your ass.

 

                -Amy White    hamlethd@seark.net

 

 

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