Cocaine & Rhinestones is a podcast about the history of country music made in the 20th century…
But I’m not gonna pretend like I have southern accent or talk to you about pickup trucks and chewing tobacco.
This isn’t about making audio content that caters to everyone living in all of that America between New York City and Los Angeles. This isn’t for everyone who already knows country music is amazing. (Although, fuck yes, I’m making this for them, too.)
This is about the truth.
You don’t have to know what it’s like to drive a tractor. You don’t need to have spent the last 20 years listening to nothing but Merle Haggard 8 tracks while sipping Pearl beer from a can in order to appreciate these incredible stories and this genius music.
You don’t need to “be country” to hear the truth about country.
The truth is that country music is wild and it is amazing because the people who made it were wild and they were amazing. Sometimes they went too far. Sometimes, the amazement we feel will not be the happy kind.
You can say the same thing about any other genre of music. I’m here to say it (mostly) about country music and country musicians. The reason for that is simple: I don’t see anyone else saying it and I’m pretentious enough to start talking.
Open whatever app you use to listen to podcasts and search for “country music.” You won’t find a single podcast dedicated to the history of country music. Nothing at all. And I’m here to tell you, the truth is there’s a lot more than nothing in the history of country music. But you aren’t going to find out about that by reading this “About” page. It’s in the podcast.
At the very least, there’ll be one more result the next time someone tries to find a podcast like this.
Before I get to the contact info, please understand that I will never listen to your demo or check out the artist you’re working with or anything like that. Even if I was interested, which I’m not, there’s nothing I could do for you. I have like 3,000 Twitter followers and I’m pretty sure half of them are dead. See if you can get Sturgill Simpson to help you instead.
If you have a question about the podcast (in general or the content of a specific episode), you can use this email address to get an answer, if I have one. If I get enough questions then I’ll do a Q & A episode at the end of the first season, so be sure to include your first name and where you’re from so I can read that with your question.
If you work in the media and want to talk to me about Cocaine & Rhinestones, please contact me here for that. I’m all about spreading the gospel of country music. Every episode I’ve done, there are extra tidbits that didn’t make it in there. These stories work just as well conversationally as they do in a highly produced podcast. I’d love to be of assistance in covering Cocaine & Rhinestones in any way, especially if you’d like to do an interview and extra especially if you want me to come on your own podcast. I’m also down to talk about my entire life up to this point, which has been pretty unusual. Hit me up, I’ll probably be into it.