Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Desperado's, a small, ambitious musical saloon in Georgetown, held its own Dissipation Derby Monday evening with the help of tie-dye cowboy David Allan Coe.
Coe is one of the fellas who heeded Michael Murphy's injuction to "get me a vest" and head out West, and be a Cosmic Cowboy." With songs like "If That Ain't Country" and "Take This Job and Shove It," Coe has assembled a raucous following of suburban cowboys and cowgirls who hang on the great man's every word.
Warmed up by the work of Wendel Adkins, a Waylon Jennings sound-a-like, the standing room crowd at Desperado's was exposed to cuts from Coe's soon-to-be-released album "Human Emotion."
The songs concern the recent breakup of Coe's marriage, and while it is not anyone's place to question genuine emotion, 45 minutes of unremitting angst and personal anguish seems a great deal to foist on a bar-room audience.
The Cosmic Cowboy set, of whom Willie Nelson is by far the most interesting, seems increasingly strident and, well, whiny in their recent endeavors.
The humor is gone, and what was once a good-natured parody of the traditional national sound has become simply self-parody.