Tyler Mahan Coe is creating Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music Podcast
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patrons

First of all, thank you for even being on this web page to read this sentence. That means you're considering supporting what I do, which means you've gotten something meaningful out of what I do, and that is a great compliment, which I must recognize.

Presuming that you've listened to the podcast I make, Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music, you know that I throw my entire life in to creating every single episode. I'll spare you a list of the details but creating an average episode takes around 100 hours of work. The first season has 14 regular episodes and it took me seven months to make. That’s two 40 hour work weeks plus 10 hours every weekend per episode. There are no research assistants. There is no recording engineer, script doctor, producer or editor of any kind. It's all me, which is the way I believe it has to be in order to come out the other side of that process with this podcast. As you can imagine, it’s not possible for me to have any sort of job while creating Cocaine & Rhinestones. In order for me to to be able to keep doing this, Cocaine & Rhinestones has to become my job.

Again, I'll spare you the details but I went way out of pocket to make the first season of the show. Nobody asked me to do that. I’m not complaining about anything, I’m not saying anyone owes me anything and I certainly don’t regret doing it, as I’ve seen enough of a response to believe it was a smart investment in the future. All I knew when I started was that this is important and that I had to try. I knew I had to let you know what I was capable of doing before you could decide whether or not it has value to you and how much that value may be. You know, the first taste is free. So, I made the decision to do that and that’s what I’ve done. You've heard what I can do and what I want to spend the rest of my life getting better at doing. If you want to help make it possible for me to keep doing it, this is how.

I've already received several messages from listeners asking for a way to help support the podcast, which makes setting up this Patreon page much easier than it would have otherwise been for me. For those of you, like me, who are new to this. It's a way for you to make a monthly financial contribution to the show. It can be as little as $2 a month. To put this in perspective, the average price of a movie ticket in 2017 was $8.97. Let’s round that down and call it $8. If you choose to send in $2 a month to me for one year, that comes out to $24. So, for the price of three movie tickets, you can do the bare minimum it takes to support one year’s worth of Cocaine & Rhinestones. Of course, if you want to, you can send in more than that every month. There are multiple tiers at which you can support the podcast. 

If you feel like I’ve already given you something with the first season of the show and you want to give me something, this is how. If you love the podcast and want me to keep being able to make it and make it even better than it is now, this is how you can help.

[For everyone who can't sign up for monthly support but wants to make a one-time "donation" to the podcast, the best way to do that right now is by sending however many books can be bought from this Amazon wishlist using the amount of money you wish to contribute. These are all books I'll need to buy in the future anyway. Feel free to browse until you see an artist or topic that interests you or just sort them by cost and buy as many as the cheapest ones as you want, it's all good. Checkout as you normally would on Amazon and they'll get the book(s) to me. Thank you.]

Two more things I want to point out, though:

  1. If you love the show and want to help me create it but that's difficult for you to do right now, please do not become a patron of the podcast at this time. I need you to understand that I do not want your money if it’s difficult for you to give it to me. I’m not a televangelist. I do not want your last dollar. Figure out who your richest friend is and get them to start listening to the show. They can give me their money. (Okay, I'm slightly joking but telling people about the podcast is a huge help and it's greatly appreciated.)
  2. Patreon is different from what we're used to doing as fans of art. It's not a way of paying to receive a product, like a book or an album. It's a way of contributing to the process that results in a product that you enjoy or that you think is important. There will be several months a year when new episodes of the podcast are not being released.º Those are the months when I'm working hardest on the show. Those are the months when your ongoing support is helping me create Cocaine & Rhinestones. If you're reading this in the first quarter of 2018, those months are happening right now. All of the money spent on creating the second season will be spent before you hear one minute of it. So, if you want to help me do that, if you want to become a patron of the show, there is no better time than today.

Thank you for your time.

-TMC



ºI don't expect creating the second season (or any future season) to take seven months, like the first season did. In that time, I had to self-learn everything about making podcasts, build the website, read books that can be used for future episodes, develop a workflow, etc. Many of these tasks will not have to be done ever again and the process will continue to become faster.
Tiers
The Eddie Rabbitt
$2 or more per month
You've got $2 in the jukebox!


I guess that makes me the jukebox. So, for that $2, I'll let you see the (at least) monthly update posts that *only* supporters of the podcast can view, here on Patreon.


Make no mistake, these posts will not rock your world or anything - topics may range from discussing what phase of the current season I'm on, what songs/artists I'm currently obsessing over, vague details on related things that may be in the works, etc. - but what you're really getting for your money is the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping me create Cocaine & Rhinestones. Also, I'll throw in my eternal gratitude.

The Faron Young
$5 or more per month
You've got $5 and it's Saturday night!


If you've got another $5 for me, just one Saturday night a month, then I'll use it to buy one of the dozens of books I have to read to make a season of Cocaine & Rhinestones. [Or, hell, you can buy me a book directly straight from this Amazon wishlist I made for the podcast. Just add what you want to send me to your cart and checkout as you normally would and they'll send it over to me.]


Supporters at this tier will also get to vote in an exclusive poll to determine which artist will be featured in a "wild card" episode, every season.


In other words, for listeners who support the show at the Faron Young level, there will be a poll post on Patreon that only you (and higher tiers) can see, where you choose from a set of, say, 5 artists/songs/subjects who could get an episode in the next season. The artist/song/subject with the most votes when the poll ends, I'll make that episode. This is the closest you're ever going to get to me taking requests for the show.


You will also get access to the Patreon-only posts from the Eddie Rabbitt tier. 


Thank you so much.

The Johnny Cash
$10 or more per month
Don't give anyone $10 for a one-way ticket. Give that $10 to me, instead. I'll use it to buy one of the hundreds of albums/records I need to make a season of the podcast. (The Rusty & Doug Kershaw episode alone included over 50 audio clips.)


Supporters of this tier will get exclusive access to a video version of the monthly update post. That's going to usually be the same information as the regular update post but you're giving more to the podcast so you get a more direct experience of me talking to you, straight from C&R HQ - a.k.a. the computer where I write, edit and produce the podcast. I'll try to throw extra things into the videos now and then. We'll see how it goes.


Of course, you also get to see the Patreon-only posts, vote in the episode poll and you'll get even more of my eternal gratitude. (Yes, it's possible.)

The Townes Van Zandt
$20 or more per month
They say you'll give me $20 a song. Well, I serve up a lot of song critiques and context and analysis in my podcast, so you can't afford that. But if you give me $20 a month then I'll spend it on upgrading my hosting plan to make better quality audio files available.


Many of my podcast episodes are over 90 minutes in length and some of them hit the two-hour mark. Those are big mp3s and hosting them costs money. Right now, I'm having to pay a monthly penalty to go over the limit on the only plan I can afford, which lets me deliver 128kbps files in mono. That's very low quality audio for a show about music. I'd love to be able to offer a better-sounding show, perhaps even in stereo. (It was heartbreaking for me not to be able to dive into the stereo experimentation of the Bakersfield Sound production in the episodes on Buck Owens, Don Rich and Ralph Mooney.)


Townes Van Zandt supporters will get all the rewards of the lower tiers, plus exclusive access to a monthly Q&A post. To close out the first season of the podcast, I had listeners send in questions for a special Q&A episode, which you can hear or read here. The audience for the podcast will continue to grow between seasons and new listeners didn't get a chance to take part in that original Q&A. Here's a way to make that happen. I'll respond to every comment on the monthly post.* You can tell me a story and I'll respond. You can ask a question and I'll answer it. (Although, my answer might be "I don't know" but I will respond to the comment.) Hell, I don't know, it's your comment. Use it however you want and always know that I've got Nothin' but thanks for you.


Also, please, no "ranking" questions. My opinions about who is a better/more important singer, guitarist, writer or whatever are irrelevant.



*Please don't think I believe people should have to pay to talk to me. My head isn't that far up my own ass. I'm active on social media (mostly Twitter). You could just ask me a question there, if you want, but I may not see it or answer it. The current rewards are built around ideas that require little time or money to offer (such as a guaranteed response to a comment on a video) because, right now, I need to spend that time and money getting another season done.

The Tom T. Hall
$40 or more per month
You don't owe me 40 bucks but, if you feel like giving it to me anyway, I could use a better recording setup. My current situation is... not great. To be frank, this podcast gets made in a basement (with concrete floors) and it has to be recorded overnight or else you'd be able to hear cars driving by outside. That means I'm losing (at a minimum) two nights' sleep for every episode that gets made. At the very least, I'd love to be able to upgrade this home recording setup. If enough people contribute, I could even start using a real studio during the day and sleeping at night.


Hey, Tom T. Hall sure does seem like a great guy, though, huh? I made a whole episode of the podcast about him and, wow, he seems like a great guy to be friends with. I'm probably not that great of a friend but, for everyone who supports the podcast at this tier, I can make an exception.


Tom T. Hall-level supporters will get all the rewards of the lower tiers and, honestly, I think one thing a good friend probably does is know when to ask for advice and listen, so you tell me what kind of a reward you would like at this level. If you merely want to give this much to the podcast and don't really care about getting anything (other than the podcast) in return, that's amazing. But I'll go ahead and make an exclusive post once a month to take suggestions and see if we can come up with something that works for you and for me as a reward at this level.

The Porter Wagoner
$100 or more per month
It's been a long time since you could get a decent funeral for anywhere close to $100 but they might have to start digging a hole to put me in if you decide to support the podcast at this level.


I don't know what you had to do or who you had to kill to be able to afford to give me this much money but, please, know that I will use it to make any upgrade necessary to keep making a better season of a podcast than the last season that I made. If you love this show this much, the least I can do is show you that it can be even better than it already is.


While I don't believe I can employ another person to help me create the show and still end up with the same show, there are other services for hire that will help me grow the audience for the show, offer better rewards to listeners who become patrons and keep pushing to make the history podcast that country music deserves. That's what this money goes toward. 


Thank you, so incredibly much. 


If there's anyone out there who wants to give even more money to the show than this, I believe there's a window to customize your contribution amount after selecting this option.

First of all, thank you for even being on this web page to read this sentence. That means you're considering supporting what I do, which means you've gotten something meaningful out of what I do, and that is a great compliment, which I must recognize.

Presuming that you've listened to the podcast I make, Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music, you know that I throw my entire life in to creating every single episode. I'll spare you a list of the details but creating an average episode takes around 100 hours of work. The first season has 14 regular episodes and it took me seven months to make. That’s two 40 hour work weeks plus 10 hours every weekend per episode. There are no research assistants. There is no recording engineer, script doctor, producer or editor of any kind. It's all me, which is the way I believe it has to be in order to come out the other side of that process with this podcast. As you can imagine, it’s not possible for me to have any sort of job while creating Cocaine & Rhinestones. In order for me to to be able to keep doing this, Cocaine & Rhinestones has to become my job.

Again, I'll spare you the details but I went way out of pocket to make the first season of the show. Nobody asked me to do that. I’m not complaining about anything, I’m not saying anyone owes me anything and I certainly don’t regret doing it, as I’ve seen enough of a response to believe it was a smart investment in the future. All I knew when I started was that this is important and that I had to try. I knew I had to let you know what I was capable of doing before you could decide whether or not it has value to you and how much that value may be. You know, the first taste is free. So, I made the decision to do that and that’s what I’ve done. You've heard what I can do and what I want to spend the rest of my life getting better at doing. If you want to help make it possible for me to keep doing it, this is how.

I've already received several messages from listeners asking for a way to help support the podcast, which makes setting up this Patreon page much easier than it would have otherwise been for me. For those of you, like me, who are new to this. It's a way for you to make a monthly financial contribution to the show. It can be as little as $2 a month. To put this in perspective, the average price of a movie ticket in 2017 was $8.97. Let’s round that down and call it $8. If you choose to send in $2 a month to me for one year, that comes out to $24. So, for the price of three movie tickets, you can do the bare minimum it takes to support one year’s worth of Cocaine & Rhinestones. Of course, if you want to, you can send in more than that every month. There are multiple tiers at which you can support the podcast. 

If you feel like I’ve already given you something with the first season of the show and you want to give me something, this is how. If you love the podcast and want me to keep being able to make it and make it even better than it is now, this is how you can help.

[For everyone who can't sign up for monthly support but wants to make a one-time "donation" to the podcast, the best way to do that right now is by sending however many books can be bought from this Amazon wishlist using the amount of money you wish to contribute. These are all books I'll need to buy in the future anyway. Feel free to browse until you see an artist or topic that interests you or just sort them by cost and buy as many as the cheapest ones as you want, it's all good. Checkout as you normally would on Amazon and they'll get the book(s) to me. Thank you.]

Two more things I want to point out, though:

  1. If you love the show and want to help me create it but that's difficult for you to do right now, please do not become a patron of the podcast at this time. I need you to understand that I do not want your money if it’s difficult for you to give it to me. I’m not a televangelist. I do not want your last dollar. Figure out who your richest friend is and get them to start listening to the show. They can give me their money. (Okay, I'm slightly joking but telling people about the podcast is a huge help and it's greatly appreciated.)
  2. Patreon is different from what we're used to doing as fans of art. It's not a way of paying to receive a product, like a book or an album. It's a way of contributing to the process that results in a product that you enjoy or that you think is important. There will be several months a year when new episodes of the podcast are not being released.º Those are the months when I'm working hardest on the show. Those are the months when your ongoing support is helping me create Cocaine & Rhinestones. If you're reading this in the first quarter of 2018, those months are happening right now. All of the money spent on creating the second season will be spent before you hear one minute of it. So, if you want to help me do that, if you want to become a patron of the show, there is no better time than today.

Thank you for your time.

-TMC



ºI don't expect creating the second season (or any future season) to take seven months, like the first season did. In that time, I had to self-learn everything about making podcasts, build the website, read books that can be used for future episodes, develop a workflow, etc. Many of these tasks will not have to be done ever again and the process will continue to become faster.

Recent posts by Tyler Mahan Coe

Tiers
The Eddie Rabbitt
$2 or more per month
You've got $2 in the jukebox!


I guess that makes me the jukebox. So, for that $2, I'll let you see the (at least) monthly update posts that *only* supporters of the podcast can view, here on Patreon.


Make no mistake, these posts will not rock your world or anything - topics may range from discussing what phase of the current season I'm on, what songs/artists I'm currently obsessing over, vague details on related things that may be in the works, etc. - but what you're really getting for your money is the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping me create Cocaine & Rhinestones. Also, I'll throw in my eternal gratitude.

The Faron Young
$5 or more per month
You've got $5 and it's Saturday night!


If you've got another $5 for me, just one Saturday night a month, then I'll use it to buy one of the dozens of books I have to read to make a season of Cocaine & Rhinestones. [Or, hell, you can buy me a book directly straight from this Amazon wishlist I made for the podcast. Just add what you want to send me to your cart and checkout as you normally would and they'll send it over to me.]


Supporters at this tier will also get to vote in an exclusive poll to determine which artist will be featured in a "wild card" episode, every season.


In other words, for listeners who support the show at the Faron Young level, there will be a poll post on Patreon that only you (and higher tiers) can see, where you choose from a set of, say, 5 artists/songs/subjects who could get an episode in the next season. The artist/song/subject with the most votes when the poll ends, I'll make that episode. This is the closest you're ever going to get to me taking requests for the show.


You will also get access to the Patreon-only posts from the Eddie Rabbitt tier. 


Thank you so much.

The Johnny Cash
$10 or more per month
Don't give anyone $10 for a one-way ticket. Give that $10 to me, instead. I'll use it to buy one of the hundreds of albums/records I need to make a season of the podcast. (The Rusty & Doug Kershaw episode alone included over 50 audio clips.)


Supporters of this tier will get exclusive access to a video version of the monthly update post. That's going to usually be the same information as the regular update post but you're giving more to the podcast so you get a more direct experience of me talking to you, straight from C&R HQ - a.k.a. the computer where I write, edit and produce the podcast. I'll try to throw extra things into the videos now and then. We'll see how it goes.


Of course, you also get to see the Patreon-only posts, vote in the episode poll and you'll get even more of my eternal gratitude. (Yes, it's possible.)

The Townes Van Zandt
$20 or more per month
They say you'll give me $20 a song. Well, I serve up a lot of song critiques and context and analysis in my podcast, so you can't afford that. But if you give me $20 a month then I'll spend it on upgrading my hosting plan to make better quality audio files available.


Many of my podcast episodes are over 90 minutes in length and some of them hit the two-hour mark. Those are big mp3s and hosting them costs money. Right now, I'm having to pay a monthly penalty to go over the limit on the only plan I can afford, which lets me deliver 128kbps files in mono. That's very low quality audio for a show about music. I'd love to be able to offer a better-sounding show, perhaps even in stereo. (It was heartbreaking for me not to be able to dive into the stereo experimentation of the Bakersfield Sound production in the episodes on Buck Owens, Don Rich and Ralph Mooney.)


Townes Van Zandt supporters will get all the rewards of the lower tiers, plus exclusive access to a monthly Q&A post. To close out the first season of the podcast, I had listeners send in questions for a special Q&A episode, which you can hear or read here. The audience for the podcast will continue to grow between seasons and new listeners didn't get a chance to take part in that original Q&A. Here's a way to make that happen. I'll respond to every comment on the monthly post.* You can tell me a story and I'll respond. You can ask a question and I'll answer it. (Although, my answer might be "I don't know" but I will respond to the comment.) Hell, I don't know, it's your comment. Use it however you want and always know that I've got Nothin' but thanks for you.


Also, please, no "ranking" questions. My opinions about who is a better/more important singer, guitarist, writer or whatever are irrelevant.



*Please don't think I believe people should have to pay to talk to me. My head isn't that far up my own ass. I'm active on social media (mostly Twitter). You could just ask me a question there, if you want, but I may not see it or answer it. The current rewards are built around ideas that require little time or money to offer (such as a guaranteed response to a comment on a video) because, right now, I need to spend that time and money getting another season done.

The Tom T. Hall
$40 or more per month
You don't owe me 40 bucks but, if you feel like giving it to me anyway, I could use a better recording setup. My current situation is... not great. To be frank, this podcast gets made in a basement (with concrete floors) and it has to be recorded overnight or else you'd be able to hear cars driving by outside. That means I'm losing (at a minimum) two nights' sleep for every episode that gets made. At the very least, I'd love to be able to upgrade this home recording setup. If enough people contribute, I could even start using a real studio during the day and sleeping at night.


Hey, Tom T. Hall sure does seem like a great guy, though, huh? I made a whole episode of the podcast about him and, wow, he seems like a great guy to be friends with. I'm probably not that great of a friend but, for everyone who supports the podcast at this tier, I can make an exception.


Tom T. Hall-level supporters will get all the rewards of the lower tiers and, honestly, I think one thing a good friend probably does is know when to ask for advice and listen, so you tell me what kind of a reward you would like at this level. If you merely want to give this much to the podcast and don't really care about getting anything (other than the podcast) in return, that's amazing. But I'll go ahead and make an exclusive post once a month to take suggestions and see if we can come up with something that works for you and for me as a reward at this level.

The Porter Wagoner
$100 or more per month
It's been a long time since you could get a decent funeral for anywhere close to $100 but they might have to start digging a hole to put me in if you decide to support the podcast at this level.


I don't know what you had to do or who you had to kill to be able to afford to give me this much money but, please, know that I will use it to make any upgrade necessary to keep making a better season of a podcast than the last season that I made. If you love this show this much, the least I can do is show you that it can be even better than it already is.


While I don't believe I can employ another person to help me create the show and still end up with the same show, there are other services for hire that will help me grow the audience for the show, offer better rewards to listeners who become patrons and keep pushing to make the history podcast that country music deserves. That's what this money goes toward. 


Thank you, so incredibly much. 


If there's anyone out there who wants to give even more money to the show than this, I believe there's a window to customize your contribution amount after selecting this option.