On this day six years ago, the Texas rockstar we all know and love was arrested for public intoxication in Stephenville, Texas, and wound up spending a few nights in jail.
He then wrote a song about his experience on that fateful day, called “February 28th, 2016”, that was included on his 2016 album Noise Complaint. It became a breakout hit for Koe, and though he often says it’s his worst song, is still a fan-favorite that people will scream along every word to at a live show.
It’s still one of, if not the, absolute favorite’s among his die hard fans, and this day has become a holiday of sorts for them over the years.
And Koe usually has some advice for everyone when this day rolls around on the calendar.
Last year, when it fell on a Sunday, he reminded everyone to go to church:
Koe talked a little bit about the back story of the song on The Texas Music Scene a few years back, and that live performance is always worth a watch from the Backroads Musicfest in 2018:
“February 28th, 2016, uh, it’s a song I wrote after I got picked up in Stephenville. I kinda had already had the idea of it, and then I got picked up one night in Stephenville and spent a couple nights in Erath country jail.
Got out, finished the song, and every time I hear it, or every time we play it, I just go back to Stephenville, you know. I was in Stephenville for five of six years, so it’s kinda like a second home to me.
This song really means a lot to me and the guys, and kinda just takes us back to where we were at at that point in our lives.”
And let this serve as an example to everyone reading this that if you go get Taco Bell today and you’ve been drinking, just call an Uber…