Tyler Mahan Coeis creating Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music Podcast
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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.]
You'll also be able to see a text version of the 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.
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.
Thank you so much.
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.)
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.)
Now that I've had this Patreon page running for a while, I've noticed that many people aren't really interested in getting anything in return, other than knowing that they're helping this show exist. As such, Townes-level supporters will get all the current benefits of the lower tiers, plus Nothin' but my deep gratitude for what you're giving to help the show continue.
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 making this show involves a very serious time commitment. 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 product. 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 $5 a month, for which you'll receive monthly updates on my progress toward the next season. 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. You're free to cancel the subscription at any time. If you only want to make a one-time contribution*, you can do that by canceling the subscription after the first payment goes through.
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/won't sign up for Patreon at all 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:
- 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.)
- 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 at a time, maybe years, when new episodes of the podcast are not being released. Those are the times 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 year 2019, 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.