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The ultimate country music insider podcast. Each Monday, the Country Music Media Podcast features guests involved in timely issues who are willing to offer refreshing candor, unparalleled expertise and rare insight into the singers, songs and stories that define country music today. Journalists and hosts from radio, print, digital and country music trade publications will join the Country Music Media Podcast with information and anecdotes that slipped away, but shouldn’t have. On Thursday, host Billy Dukes offers his own perspectives and analysis on the issues facing country music today and how we can make change for the better. Please subscribe and if you like what you hear, rate and review us. Have questions or suggestions? Email billydukes@gmail.com.

The Country Music Media Podcast Billy Dukes

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The ultimate country music insider podcast. Each Monday, the Country Music Media Podcast features guests involved in timely issues who are willing to offer refreshing candor, unparalleled expertise and rare insight into the singers, songs and stories that define country music today. Journalists and hosts from radio, print, digital and country music trade publications will join the Country Music Media Podcast with information and anecdotes that slipped away, but shouldn’t have. On Thursday, host Billy Dukes offers his own perspectives and analysis on the issues facing country music today and how we can make change for the better. Please subscribe and if you like what you hear, rate and review us. Have questions or suggestions? Email billydukes@gmail.com.

    The Whole World’s Gone Country, But Why?

    The Whole World’s Gone Country, But Why?

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: country music isn't just going to Hollywood? Our genre is going to New York City and Las Vegas as well. But why? Plus:

    2:30 | Kane Brown + Kelsea Ballerini are the Perfect Fit
    4:00 | A new country music drama, called Monarch.
    9:05 | Be cautious reporting on American Idol's Caleb Kennedy

    Read: Fox orders Monarch for the 2021-22 season per Variety
    Read: Caleb Kennedy dropped from American Idol, from the Spartanburg Herald-Tribune
    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter at @billydukes 

    • 12 min
    If Maren Morris Was a Stock, Should You Buy, Sell or Hold?

    If Maren Morris Was a Stock, Should You Buy, Sell or Hold?

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: It's the Q2 2021 Stock Report. If country artists were a publicly traded business, which would be worth your money this month. With new albums and tours on the horizon there is a lot to consider but perhaps most of all consider who is not doing anything. 

    Kenny Chesney - Hold
    Luke Bryan - Buy
    Morgan Wallen - Sell
    Dan + Shay - Hold
    Miranda Lambert - Sell
    Maren Morris - Buy
    Carrie Underwood - Hold
    Jason Aldean - Buy
    Blake Shelton - Buy
    Eric Church - Sell
    Thomas Rhett - Buy
    Luke Combs - Hold
    Sam Hunt - Buy 
    Top 3 Hot Picks: 
    Cody Johnson - Buy
    Gabby Barrett - Buy
    Jake Owen - Buy

    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter at @billydukes 

    • 23 min
    Miranda Lambert’s 'The Marfa Tapes': A One-Word Review

    Miranda Lambert’s 'The Marfa Tapes': A One-Word Review

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: A one-word review of Miranda Lambert's The Marfa Tapes album with Jon Randall and Jack Ingram, Morgan Wallen's BBMA expulsion and unpacking some of the important moments from the Ep 55 conversation with Tyler Mahan Coe.

    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter at @billydukes 

    • 14 min
    Tyler Mahan Coe: Cocaine & Rhinestones Host On Country Today, Country Media Today, and Season 2

    Tyler Mahan Coe: Cocaine & Rhinestones Host On Country Today, Country Media Today, and Season 2

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Tyler Mahan Coe, host of Cocaine & Rhinestones talks about Season 2, which debuted in April 2021. He also has strong, well-educated opinions on country today and country media today. It will surprise you to hear his thoughts on "Outlaws" and "pop-country." 

    5:50 | Where did Tyler learn his journalism skills.
    11:50 | Why Johnny Cash sucks
    14:55 | Tyler’s take on the pop-country music debate is unique and hard to argue with
    18:10 | The sound of today’s country music isn’t the problem
    22:10 | Teasing Ep. 2 of Season 2 of C&R 
    33:10 | How involved is George Jones’ family?
    38:10 | The Johnny Paycheck misunderstanding
    43:10 | Criticism is dead
    48:10 | Tyler’s first career in digital marketing
    55:25 | Tyler Mahan Coe’s guide to Fair Use

    More Cocaine & Rhinestones: Find More on Seasons 1 and 2 at the official website

    Read: Tyler Mahan' Coe's profile in GQ

    Read: Tyler Mahan Coe's profile in the Washington Post

    Tweet: Find Tyler Mahan Coe on Twitter at @TylerMahanCoe

    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter at @billydukes 

    • 1 hr
    Kip Moore’s Good Life Is ... Different, Plus Bad Band Names

    Kip Moore’s Good Life Is ... Different, Plus Bad Band Names

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Kip Moore dropped a new song called "Good Life" that asks his long time fans to adjust to something new. Plus Rascal Flatts may not be done and how a bad band or song name can doom the artist. Alabama simply wouldn't stand a chance today. 

    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter @billydukes

    Listen: Kip Moore, "Good Life" on YouTube

    Listen: Tenille Arts, "Somebody Like That" on YouTube

    Watch: Alexandra Kay covering Randy Travis on TikTok

    • 10 min
    Eric Church’s ‘Heart & Soul’: The Good, the Bad + the Unbelievable w/ Grady Smith, Angella Sharpe, Marty Kurtz

    Eric Church’s ‘Heart & Soul’: The Good, the Bad + the Unbelievable w/ Grady Smith, Angella Sharpe, Marty Kurtz

    This week on the Country Music Media Podcast: Eric Church's new Heart & Soul album is big and personal, but is it any good? Three members of the media join Billy Dukes to discuss the triple album project, including Angella Sharpe, Marty Kurtz and Grady Smith.

    2:27 | Angella Sharpe on Heart
    20:30 | Marty Kurtz on &
    39:23 | Grady Smith on Soul
    Read: The Top 50 Eric Church Songs on Taste of Country 
    Tweet: Find Angella Sharpe on Twitter at @AngellaSharpe 

    Tweet: Find Marty Kurtz on Twitter at @marty_kurtz

    Tweet: Find Grady Smith on Twitter at @gradywsmith

    Watch: Grady Smith's YouTube Channel 

    Tweet: Find Billy Dukes on Twitter @billydukes

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Rick Buggles ,

Five star podcast

Probably the best host in podcasts today.

CodyM04 ,

Love it!

I seriously love this podcast. Being in the industry myself, I’ve come to consider Billy a friend, and I’ve learned so much from him. His professionalism on air is absolutely second to none, and he isn’t afraid to go there and ask the tough questions most people shy away from. Keep doing what you do, buddy!

Zach12321 ,

Great listening

This is such a great and insightful podcast, for industry insiders, fans and artists alike. Everyone should listen to this!

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