Deluxe Reissue Of The Debut Album From This Influential Country Renegade...On CD For The First Time Ever! An Album So Outlaw It Was Written Behind Bars
David Allan Coe is one of the most popular and controversial figures in modern country music. Its ironic then that his debut album, Penitentiary Blues, wasnt a country album at all, but a blues album through and through. Though it received only limited distribution upon its 1968 release, it has achieved cult-classic status. Shout! Factory, in association with HackTone Records, is proud to release Penitentiary Blues on CD for the first time. The packaging mimics the original die-cut album cover, and in addition to a booklet with notes by Grammy-winner Colin Escott, we have put together a bonus booklet consisting of excerpts from Coes legendary self-published book, EX-Convict. The result is the ultimate edition of this prison classic.
(4 stars) A raw, stubborn, stare-you-down kind of album. Chilling. --Blender --Blender
(10 Best Reissues of 2005) A set of straight electric blues about life on lockdown that's as hard in its way as Cassidy's 'I'm A Hustla' --SPIN --Spin
(10 Best CDs of 2005) Solid barroom blues with a sense of urgency as pressing as waiting for a call from the Governor to commute your sentence. --NPR --Npr