Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music

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  1. February 15, 2022
    1 hr 38 min
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    CR032/PH18 - Glenn
    The end of one story is just the beginning of another.
  2. February 01, 2022
    2 hr 46 min
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    CR031/PH17 - Choices: George Jones' Last Run
    At least this whole story has a happy ending, right? Of course, whether or not that's true depends a lot on your personal definitions of both "happy ending" and "whole story" but, either way, today we reach the…
  3. January 18, 2022
    2 hr 22 min
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    CR030/PH16 - Another Lonely Song: The Tammy Wynette & George Richey Story
    Oh, you thought Jones had a hard time dealing with George Richey? Imagine being married to the guy. Today we say one of the saddest and most infuriating goodbyes we'll ever have to say, the one we say to Tammy…
  4. January 04, 2022
    1 hr 48 min
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    CR029/PH15 - Hell Stays Open All Night Long: George Jones, Phase III
    Oh, you're back to hear more things that will chill you to the bone? Then we can talk about what George Jones' life was like in the period leading up to and through the biggest hit of his career. If you've ever…
  5. December 21, 2021
    2 hr 16 min
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    CR028/PH14 - Divorce/Death: He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Grand Tour & A Good Year for the Roses
    It's a known fact that "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is the best and saddest country song of all time. But... is it?
  6. December 07, 2021
    2 hr 49 min
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    CR027/PH13 - Billy Sherrill's Nashville Sound
    What if the first serious opinions that millions of rock music fans formed about country music were based on a few massive errors which then got passed down to future generations? How long do you think it would…
  7. November 23, 2021
    1 hr 36 min
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    CR026/PH12 - Loved It Away: Tammy Wynette, On Her Own
    Following her breakup with George Jones, many people had many questions for Tammy Wynette. Well, they had questions for George, too, but he was a little harder to get in touch with, trying to drink himself onto…
  8. November 09, 2021
    1 hr 52 min
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    CR025/PH11 - Being Together: The George Jones & Tammy Wynette Story
    Though they were married to each other for little more than five years, the legacies of George Jones and Tammy Wynette are forever inseparable. This is partly due to their unprecedented success with creating mu…
  9. October 26, 2021
    1 hr 56 min
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    CR024/PH10 - Stand by Your Man: The Anti-Feminist Manifesto
    Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man" is one of the most well-known recordings in the English language. It was also a plastic explosive detonated at a sea change moment in United States politics and culture. Look…
  10. August 10, 2021
    1 hr 44 min
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    CR023/PH09 - Loneliness Surrounds: Virginia Wynette Pugh
    Country music is full of rags-to-riches stories, like the one about how Virginia Wynette Pugh became Tammy Wynette. In a way, it's true. Even after becoming the most successful woman country singer at that poin…
  11. July 27, 2021
    2 hr 2 min
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    CR022/PH08 - Dallas Frazier: Can't Get There From Here
    Some of the best songs you've ever heard were written by Dallas Frazier. Don't recognize the name? Don't worry. You'll remember it forever after this episode, especially those of you who love Charley Pride, Elv…
  12. July 13, 2021
    2 hr 17 min
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    CR021/PH07 - Pappy Daily, Gene Pitney and How George Jones Came to Be on Musicor
    This whole story began with a pinball machine and jukebox mogul in Texas jumping over to the independent record business of the 1950s. When he hitched his wagon to a Singing Marine who became the Greatest Count…
  13. June 29, 2021
    1 hr 43 min
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    CR020/PH06 - All to Pieces: George Jones, Phase II
    In the early 1960s, George Jones had a huge hit record featuring such a phenomenal vocal performance it instantly turned him into a living legend. He didn't handle it well.
  14. June 15, 2021
    1 hr 31 min
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    CR019/PH05 - Wandering Soul: George Jones, Starday Recording Artist
    There are some personalities who would embrace being called The Greatest Country Singer Ever or, at least, settle into the role once it became clear the brand was eternal. George Jones did not have one of those…
  15. June 01, 2021
    1 hr 41 min
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    CR018/PH04 - White Lightning
    In North Carolina, way back in the hills, there's a centuries-old tradition of cooking illegal liquor. Whether you feel that's right or wrong, good or bad, may be determined by any number of factors but the obj…
  16. May 18, 2021
    2 hr 22 min
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    CR017/PH03 - The Nashville A Team
    Now that we've established Owen Bradley as the single most important producer in the history of Nashville, let's take it further and acknowledge he's one of the most important figures in the history of all reco…
  17. May 04, 2021
    2 hr 19 min
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    CR016/PH02 – Owen Bradley's Nashville Sound
    What if the first serious books about country music contained a few massive errors which were then repeated by nearly everyone who's since used those books as a source? How long do you think it would take for s…
  18. April 20, 2021
    2 hr 14 min
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    CR015/PH01 - Starday Records: The Anti-Nashville Sound
    The story of a little independent record label in Texas becoming "a force" in the Nashville country music industry brings an outsider's perspective to the anatomy of a machine. Going from backwoods honky tonks…
  19. April 07, 2021
    2 min
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    Season 2 Announcement
    Cocaine & Rhinestones Season 2 begins on April 20th.
  20. April 06, 2021
    48 min
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    CR001 - Ernest Tubb: The Texas Defense
    Everyone loves Ernest Tubb. So when he straps on a gun belt one night to head across town and snuff out a character named Jim Denny, well, you might guess that ol' Jim had it coming. Maybe he didn't, maybe he d…

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