Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music
By Tyler Mahan Coe
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"lemme tell ya, this is great and well done" - Ray Wylie Hubbard /// Cocaine & Rhinestones is a podcast about the history of country music but it's so much more than that. Even if your only frame of reference for country music is Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt," you owe it to yourself to check this out. Read the reviews. If you're a fan of real country music, just look at the artists covered in the first few episodes. You already know this is your new obsession. No other podcast is telling these stories. Press play.
||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|
The Pill Loretta Lynn
Another great story from old time Nashville. Love the music, enjoyed the story very much....
A fun and educational listen...
If you're into counry or just good old fashioned story telling then this podcast is for you. I admit that I don't care much for country but these stories are fun to listen to.
If you are at all interested in the golden ages of country music, this is the poscast for you. Ernest Tubbs and Loretta Lynn in the first two episodes? Yes please.