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

Ms.Marylyn ,

So glad I found this podcast...

I was watching the Ken Burns country music documentary---was halfway through---when someone told me about this podcast. This podcast adds SO MUCH to the information I've already received. I like everything about it, including the length. Can't wait to finish Season 1, and I look forward to more.

Selmisha ,

So damned good.

Seriously, sit down and listen. It’s magic.

gehamm ,

For the real country music fans

Tyler does a great job reading all these books about the history of country music so we don’t have to. He disperses said information with as much objectivity as is humanly possible. Even though he is the son of country music legend David Allan Coe, he steers clear of information that would be exclusive to his upbringing until the liner notes (which are worth sticking around for). Almost every bit of evidence he presents is publicly sourced and cited. The companion blog post and website are both great resources to take a deeper dive when the mood strikes. All country music fans will love this podcast; most music fans will also.

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