The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy

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The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy
Studio album by David Allan Coe
Released June 1974
Recorded 1974 at Columbia Studio in Nashville, Pete's Place in Nashville
Genre Alternative country
Length 39:08
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Billy Sherrill, Ron Bledsoe
David Allan Coe chronology
Requiem for a Harlequin
The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy
Once Upon a Rhyme

The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy is the third album of American singer David Allan Coe, and his first on Columbia Records. Released in 1974, it is his first release in the country music genre.


Thom Jurek describes this album's performance style as alt-country, "pre-punk" and "a hillbilly version of Marc Bolan's glitz and glitter".[1] Jurek credits Merle Haggard as a heavy influence on the album's music.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek describes the album as being "as good as anybody at his best", writing "Coe displays his lyrical and melodic gift that comes out of the great Texas and Bakersfield traditions."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All Songs written by David Allan Coe except where noted.

  1. "Sad Country Song" – 2:27
  2. "Crazy Mary" (Michael Peter Smith) – 4:04
  3. "River" (Coe, Marty Yonts) – 2:50
  4. "33rd of August" (Mickey Newbury) – 5:32
  5. "Bossier City" (Bobby J. Bourgoin) – 4:03
  6. "Atlanta Song" – 2:26
  7. "Old Man Tell Me" (Coe, Buzz Rabin) – 3:12
  8. "Desperados Waiting for a Train" (Guy Clark) – 5:37
  9. "I Still Sing the Old Songs" – 4:14
  10. "Old Grey Goose Is Dead" – (traditional) 4:43



  1. ^ a b c d Thom Jurek. "The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy - David Allan Coe". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2011.