Richmond, 1980s. Outlaw country crooner and former jailbird David Allan Coe at a biker-packed nightclub. An arc of upchuck from the balcony cascades through the spotlight’s glare and splats on the rhythm guitarist. “Who in the hell just puked on my wife?” demands Coe. Bedlam erupts, and the foul perpetrator is brought to justice in the parking lot. Just another night on the road in the good ol’ days. But Coe has since cleaned up his act, and not just the stage show: His recent self-produced, indie-label records—sensitive, soul-searching dreck that hasn’t sold squat—sound like acts of penance for the man who once sang “Pussywhipped Again” and “Fuck Anita Bryant.” These and other ditties of unrequited love appear on Coe’s X-rated cult classics, Nothing Sacred and Underground Album, which never made the radio but have long been standards on biker-bar jukeboxes. Thoroughly dirty, unrelentingly crude (and occasionally racist), the music on these records continues a long tradition in country music that begins with Jimmie Rodgers’ “Pistol Packin’ Papa,” not to mention “Tom Cat and Pussy Blues” by Jimmie Davis. The two discs have been reissued by Germany’s Bear Family, along with such essential out-of-print Coe as Longhaired Redneck. This is wild and woolly stuff, especially compared to the Yes-Ma’aming of the welcome-to-Wal-Mart wussies who rule contemporary country. Performing at Jaxx, Coe may not respond to requests for “Cum Stains on My Pillow,” but surely this grizzled music-biz exile will deign to sing his own “Take This Job and Shove It” with a vengeance that comes with experience. With Roadducks and Heavy Country at 10:30 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. $20. (703) 569-5940. (Eddie Dean)

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