“My position is that country music is cool, and has always been cool,” says Tyler Mahan Coe, host of the cult-favorite podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones, which chronicles the history of country music. Tyler, the son of country-music star slash outlaw David Allan Coe, grew up hearing stories about the genre’s greatest legends. Now he brings those stories to a wider audience—but this time they’re meticulously researched and fact-checked.
“A greater percentage of my life has been lived inside of this world than most people would ever have the opportunity for,” says Coe, who, while in his teens, went on tour with his father, performing all around the country with him for almost 13 years. Life on the road was tough: “It was not like the movie Almost Famous,” he says.