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

    • History
    • 4.9, 5.2K 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
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

Norwich917! ,

BRILLIANT

I'm "Jonesing here"...
I need another fix...pronto!!

Chrspunk20 ,

I’m hooked!

Such a well versed and well researched podcast!! I love it! Definitely hooked.

Amy#25 ,

Great podcast

Really have enjoyed the deep dive into these stories and Tyler’s attention to details of the stories. It also feels really authentic in his reporting. I appreciate that! I really like how human this author comes across. Tyler shares his struggle with these facts vs the stories he has heard and shares his own research which allows me to dive into the material for my own look. I will be sharing it with my friends and be listening to them all. Great podcast!

The only reason for 4 stars is Tyler’s cadence in speech when he reads the transcript. I love the post show as he is just talking and the cadence that can be distracting melts away completely. I am sure it is just nerves and I can’t say I would sound any different but that is my experience. No matter what the cadence , this is a great podcast that has me excited about country music!

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