Coe’s Debut Album to Be Reissued

David Allan Coe’s 1968 debut album, Penitentiary Blues, will be reissued on Aug. 23 on the Shout! Factory/HackTone imprint. Coe wrote the album’s songs while serving his eighth prison term. Titles include “Cell #33,” “Oh Warden” and “Death Row.” The packaging includes an essay from Colin Escott, a new introduction from Coe (who is serving as executive producer of the project) and an excerpt from Coe’s out-of-print book, Ex-Convict. … Earlier this year, Coe released For the Soul and For the Mind: Demos of ’71 to ’74, recorded in Nashville before he became a well-known songwriter. His writing credits include Tanya Tucker’s “Would You Lay With Me in a Field of Stone” and Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It.”