Love him or hate him, country & western singer David Allan Coe ("Take This Job and Shove It") qualifies as one of the genre's most outrageous figures. An ex-felon with multiple incarcerations on his records, tattoos covering much of his body, and a famous habit of beginning a live show by riding on-stage on a Harley and screaming obscenities at his audiences, Coe commands a massive fan base of listeners who ascribe to (and identify with) his "outlaw" image. And while Coe's songs have been recorded by everyone from Willie Nelson to Tammy Wynette -- making him a bona fide "superstar" -- he is equally notorious for his unapologetic racism and addiction to drink. Director Shambhavi Kaul's hour-long documentary Field of Stone (its title culled from the Coe single "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)?") represents one of the first unvarnished cinematic portraits of Coe. Kaul follows the musician on tour and films lengthy (and uncensored) glimpses of his personal life. In the process, the filmmaker offers a memorably unsettling and deeply critical look at both the singer and the blue-collar fans who laud his antisocial behavior and continue to spur him on to even wilder heights.
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