Wayside Records, an independent label in Detroit, produced some of the first bluegrass records made in the city. In late 1957, Frank Wakefield and Buster Turner recorded for Wayside.
In his 1985 book "Bluegrass: A History," Neil Rosenberg suggested Detroit's Wayside Records was the first business to advertise bluegrass as a category of music, with a small ad in "Billboard" magazine in 1957. Part one examines Wayside 105, with Frank Wakefield, Marvin Cobb & Chain Mountain Boys.
Here are the covers of three known Casey Clark and the Lazy Ranch Boys books, along with a special bonus: Jimmy Martin's Detroit scrapbook.
Ann Arbor writer and musician Fred Reif recently brought to our attention his friendship with the late Fred Stanley, who settled in Detroit twenty years after cutting a record for Columbia with members of famed string band the Skillet Lickers.