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 cocaineandrhinestones.com. Support the podcast for as little as $2 a month at patreon.com/tylermahancoe.]
||ExplicitBONUS: Cocaine & Rhinestones Season 1 Q&A||Don't ask a question if you don't want the answer. As promised, here is the bonus Q&A Episode for Season 1. From the FAQs down to the minutiae of, well, whatever anyone wanted to know, it's all here. Who's ready to learn some stuff? Let's do it.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRalph Mooney: The Sound of Country Music||Ralph Mooney is one of the most important individuals in the history of country music. He played a major role in upgrading the sound of the entire genre on no less than three separate occasions. Get ready for some steel guitar and road stories.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRusty & Doug Kershaw: The Cajun Way||Doug Kershaw is the most famous Cajun musician in history. His brother, Rusty, is not, though you may be more familiar with his work than you realize. Side note: what the hell is "Cajun"? Swamp stuff, right? Well, let's talk about all of that.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWynonna||Wynonna passed the only test there is. Then, everyone thought she'd cheated. The answers lie somewhere in her past, somewhere in her family, somewhere in The Judds. Forget everything you think you remember. This isn't a Lifetime movie. It's rated R.||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDon Rich & Buck Owens, Part 2: Together Again||In another life, Don Rich may have been a star in his own right. In this life, he shared Buck Owens' spotlight. Last week, we heard how they got there. This week, we'll hit more high points, great road stories and one of the worst tragedies in music.||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBuck Owens & Don Rich, Part 1: Open Up Your Heart||Buck Owens is an inkblot test. Ask 20 different people, get 20 different Bucks. Today we're talking about the one who championed California's country music scene against the Nashville establishment. Oh, and you should meet his young friend, Don Rich.||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHarper Valley PTA, Part 3: Tom T. Hall||They call him The Storyteller because he distills life into words. This episode reverse engineers the alchemy of Tom T. Hall by looking at some of the real stories and situations that inspired him. Plus, we set the record straight on a few things.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHarper Valley PTA, Part 2: Jeannie C. Riley||Jeannie C. Riley is often considered a one-hit wonder. We can easily disprove that. She's considered a country music sex symbol, which she certainly was. Dig any deeper into the story and you'll uncover a Pandora's Box of mystery, blackmail and lies.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHarper Valley PTA, Part 1: Shelby S. Singleton||Two words to sum up the career of Shelby Singleton? Publicity stunt. Hear how this Texas boy became a powerful Mercury executive before leaving to found his own independent music empire with one mission: sell records, by any means necessary.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Louvin Brothers: Running Wild||While The Louvin Brothers are widely regarded as the most influential harmony duo to ever cut a country song, it's possible we've never heard what they could really do. Then, there's the bloodshed and addiction. By the way, do you believe in evil?||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBreaking Down Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee"||What do you do when an entire country misunderstands your song and turns it into one of the biggest hits of the year? That doesn't happen often. This episode looks at what Merle Haggard did when it happened to him in 1969 with "Okie from Muskogee."||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBobbie Gentry: Exit Stage Left||In 1967, Bobbie Gentry's recording of a song she wrote, called "Ode to Billie Joe," directly influenced the future of every major musical genre in America. In the early '80s, she disappeared. What happened in the decade between? Why did she vanish?||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley||NSFW: The first King of Western Swing. Spade Cooley's rapid rise through the L.A. country music scene put him at the very top. Substance abuse and insanity brought him lower than low, leading to the sadistic torture and brutal murder of his wife.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Pill: Why Was Loretta Lynn Banned?||Maybe you already know Loretta Lynn's 1975 song about birth control, "The Pill," was banned from radio upon release. But do you know why? The real answer is not what many would assume.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitErnest Tubb: The Texas Defense||In Texas, there's a legal defense known locally as the He Needed Killin' Defense, aka Justifiable Homicide. Ernest Tubb, one of the most beloved figures in country music, could have used it when he tried to shoot Jim Denny in 1957.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.