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Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

By Tyler Mahan Coe

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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]

Customer Reviews

Real news!

This is like Paul Harvey’s “The Rest Of the Story” for country music. Subscribed.

Awesome History Lessons

Tyler is like the Ken Burns of REAL country music history! I’m looking forward to the entire series!

Fascinating look at history of country music

I really like reading about musicians, and have been introduced to much new music simply by running across an interesting interview of music blog. This was the case when I was reading about David Allan Coe and found and some posts by his son Tyler. He offered a list of his favorite DAC songs with a wholy unique insight on each. When I found out he had a podcast on country music I couldn't wait to listen, and have not been disappointed. He tells these stories vividly and with great music accompaniment. Can wait for more episodes.

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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