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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 4.8K 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
4.8K Ratings

4.8K Ratings

Turkey rage ,

Yes yes

This program is paced in a gorgeous degree.

KK Phillips-Temple ,

Excellent story-telling

This podcast is good for so many reasons. I love TMC’s delivery and the way he weaves an entire tapestry of stories that work together all the while telling us stuff we thought we already knew plus a bunch we didn’t. I can’t wait for Season 2! Thanks, Tyler. Keep up the excellent work!!!

Megolego95! ,

Excited to see season 2

Wow. Each episode is basically a dissertation. He has excellent research and he does an great job of tying it to a bigger social issue or social theme.

Also I’m really into the “liner notes” (?). The clarification, definitions, comments etc. are so cool. The fact that he does a full transcript too??? You could actually use him as a source for things and then he records all of his sources.

All of that being said, it’s just fun podcast.

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