Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

A History and Music podcast
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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 Support the podcast for as little as $2 a month at]

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I’m a huge fan of "You Must Remember This" which is a podcast that does a deep dive on the classic film era. Then one day I was listening to "The Dana Gould Hour"- and he was talking up a fantastic music podcast that took a deep dive into the world of country, bluegrass and blues. I’m not a huge country fan, but I’m a lover of history, especially when applied to American Culture and I have yet to be steered wrong by Mr. Dana Gould. I head Tyler Mahan Coe talk for perhaps about 5 minutes on an episode dedicated to covering The Louvin Brothers. I don’t care about gospel music in the slightest…and yet…I was hooked. Coe’s research is spectacular, his passion for music history is clear, and he can make even a subject that one may not initially have any interest in, fascinating. He is on an extended hiatus currently, but that doesn’t negate the fact that his work here is incredible. If you have even a passing interest in music and the history around it- this is a podcast for you.
An entertaining dive into the history of country and the great music that came from it. Hoping a new season is on the way soon

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Podcast Details

Created by
Tyler Mahan Coe
Podcast Status
Oct 24th, 2017
Latest Episode
Feb 6th, 2018
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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