Startling New Country Music Podcast featuring Loretta Lynn’s ‘The Pill’

For the first time today, I thought I’d bring your attention to a new country music based podcast named ‘Cocaine and Rhinestones‘. The show delves into the history of country music and author Tyler Mahan Coe states on the website that – “You don’t need to know what it’s like to drive a tractor. You don’t have to’ve 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.”

Episode 2 came out this week and it will certainly appeal to followers of Belles and Gals. It’s a story about ‘The Pill’ by Loretta Lynn and how it was initially banned from country radio. Without giving too much away, the show discusses the wider misogyny of country radio in the 20th century – and there are some shocking findings. The show is a great listen and I particularly like the way Tyler presents it. Although historical in nature, the podcast is thoroughly modern in it’s presentation. And if you don’t laugh out loud at the great line about radio producers in their 40’s late in the piece, there is something wrong with you.

Here is a link to the Loretta Lynn episode –


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