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Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music Tyler Mahan Coe
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CR032/PH18 - Glenn
The end of one story is just the beginning of another.
CR031/PH17 - Choices: George Jones' Last Run
At least this whole story has a happy ending, right? Of course, whether or not that's true depends a lot on your personal definitions of both "happy ending" and "whole story" but, either way, today we reach the final chapter of George Jones' life. Don't worry, it'll all be over soon.
CR030/PH16 - Another Lonely Song: The Tammy Wynette & George Richey Story
Oh, you thought Jones had a hard time dealing with George Richey? Imagine being married to the guy. Today we say one of the saddest and most infuriating goodbyes we'll ever have to say, the one we say to Tammy Wynette.
CR029/PH15 - Hell Stays Open All Night Long: George Jones, Phase III
Oh, you're back to hear more things that will chill you to the bone? Then we can talk about what George Jones' life was like in the period leading up to and through the biggest hit of his career. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be afraid of a demonic duck or try murdering your best friend to test the existence of God, well, these are questions only George Jones can answer but just asking them makes for one jaw-dropping and heartbreaking story.
CR028/PH14 - Divorce/Death: He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Grand Tour & A Good Year for the Roses
It's a known fact that "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is the best and saddest country song of all time. But... is it?
CR027/PH13 - Billy Sherrill's Nashville Sound
What if the first serious opinions that millions of rock music fans formed about country music were based on a few massive errors which then got passed down to future generations? How long do you think it would take for society to build a fundamentally flawed history of an entire genre on top of such a foundation? Fifty years? Well, that's exactly what happened.
Billy Sherrill's name means nothing to many country music fans. Some recognize it from the album credits of a few of their favorite country artists. Others manage to cast him as an enemy of the genre. But anyone who hears the name Billy Sherrill and thinks anything less than "he's one of the most important producers in the history of Nashville, who made some of the greatest and most influential records of all time in any genre" has not been given enough information about the man or the music. That changes today.
Well Crafted and Riveting Podcast
Clearly the amount of passion and work that goes into this is exceptional. Most podcasts (like most examples of any medium) just aren’t that much to write home about. This one is fantastic. It doesn’t matter if you like every band or artist covered (I don’t). It probably doesn’t even matter if you like country music. This is a quality and entertaining work of American history that comes across as academically rigorous without being pretentious. All the episodes hold up well to repeated listens and I can just about guarantee the listener will catch something they missed the first time. It meets the listener where they are; going deep enough for those with encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter, being accessible enough to be a great jumping-on point for newcomers. Coe says he wants to do C&R for the rest of his life. If he keeps putting this kind of labor and love into it, I’ll want him to as well.
I stumbled upon this podcast and … just, wow! I’m not a fan of country music these days, but I love the oldies. The stories of those old days in this podcast are so interesting and entertaining. And I love the Tyler! I’m so impressed with this podcast!
This is terrific series. Very well done.