15 episodes

Want to hear a story? Country music is full of them, always with a killer soundtrack, sometimes a soundtrack made by a killer - like Spade Cooley, the only convicted murderer to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Or there’s the time Loretta Lynn released a song about birth control in the 1970s and everyone pretty much lost their minds. You’ve heard those? You sure? Millions of people think they know all about Merle Haggard’s 1969 song, “Okie from Muskogee,” but they’ve had it wrong the whole time. You’ll find those stories and others right here, obsessively researched, written and narrated by Tyler Mahan Coe, a lifelong veteran of country music and its mythology. Country music fans already know this is their new obsession but read the reviews and you’ll see how fast it’s catching on with listeners new to the genre. No other podcast is telling these stories, not like this. Start at the beginning. Press play. [If you aren't sure about the first episode, try Wynonna or the Kershaws. After that, though, you will want to return to the first episode and go from there. The show is constructed in seasons and episodes are presented in a careful order. You’ll find text transcripts of every episode at cocaineandrhinestones.com. Support the podcast for as little as $2 a month at patreon.com/tylermahancoe.]

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music Tyler Mahan Coe

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    • 4.9, 5K Ratings

Want to hear a story? Country music is full of them, always with a killer soundtrack, sometimes a soundtrack made by a killer - like Spade Cooley, the only convicted murderer to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Or there’s the time Loretta Lynn released a song about birth control in the 1970s and everyone pretty much lost their minds. You’ve heard those? You sure? Millions of people think they know all about Merle Haggard’s 1969 song, “Okie from Muskogee,” but they’ve had it wrong the whole time. You’ll find those stories and others right here, obsessively researched, written and narrated by Tyler Mahan Coe, a lifelong veteran of country music and its mythology. Country music fans already know this is their new obsession but read the reviews and you’ll see how fast it’s catching on with listeners new to the genre. No other podcast is telling these stories, not like this. Start at the beginning. Press play. [If you aren't sure about the first episode, try Wynonna or the Kershaws. After that, though, you will want to return to the first episode and go from there. The show is constructed in seasons and episodes are presented in a careful order. You’ll find text transcripts of every episode at cocaineandrhinestones.com. Support the podcast for as little as $2 a month at patreon.com/tylermahancoe.]

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
5K Ratings

5K Ratings

CountryGrl716 ,

My favorite podcast

This is a podcast I can listen to over and over. It hits all the big marks - well researched, easy to listen to, engaging host tone and voice. A perfect balance of personality without too much fluffy banter. I love hearing the stories of country musics history, but even if you don’t like the genre, there is so much American history wrapped up in these stories that most people are bound to find it fascinating.

Fudge23JAN ,

Awesome

The passion and enthusiasm is amazing! A truly entertaining podcast about the history of country music!

Teddy MJW ,

I really wanted to like this podcast

The premise of this podcast is great; an insider telling the stories he’s heard his whole life with diligent research to back up the story (and Tyler Mahan Coe makes sure you know he’s done his research). I listened to 6 episodes and couldn’t do anymore. I was hoping for a more journalistic look at the stories, but it sounds more like a high schooler’s passion project where too much of themselves is present in the work. The delivery is stilted. Every detail is delivered in a tone trying to evoke suspense and importance. The tone also has has an everpresent undercurrent of “shock” at how hard life was and the injustice of the world in the 20C. In every sentence it’s as if TMC asks “can you believe they did that? How gauche!” There’s too much imposition of modern standards in a life and times far different from the current day. If the delivery of the podcast was more natural and relaxed like the liner notes section it would be far more enjoyable listen, but still not great. Too bad.

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