You can judge this book by its cover

Cover of Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies by Craig Maki with Keith Cady, published 2013 by University of Michigan PressLast week, word finally came to us from University of Michigan Press that the book is at the printer’s. So here is the cover design, which includes a photo of Eddie Jackson and a slimmed-down lineup of his band the Swingsters, taken at an auto service station in Detroit, around 1958. Starting the year before, a recession hit the local entertainment business hard, and Jackson took a part-time job at this service station to supplement his income. He said he talked his boss into letting him entertain customers on the day of this shot. Herb Ivey played drums, and Billy Cooper the steel guitar. Ivey led his own bands in town, and also sang a good song. Besides Jackson, Cooper worked with Casey Clark in Detroit. Keith and I agreed that it was perfect for the cover of the book, with its “Car City” setting and country music performance by one of Detroit’s popular bandleaders.

According to the book’s page on, publication target is October 28. You may pre-order from U-M Press directly, or Watch this blog for an announcement about a book release party!

6 Comments to "You can judge this book by its cover"

  • Larry L. Stout
    September 18, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I have pre-ordered it on Amazon. Looking forward to receiving it. I also posted it on my Facebook page.
    The Davis Sisters are including in the book, right? When you confirm this, I will post it on the Miss Skeeter Davis Facebook page.

    • September 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks, Larry! The book includes mentions of the Davis Sisters in several parts, including stories about Casey Clark and the Lazy Ranch Boys, Roy Hall, and Chuck Hatfield and the Treble-Aires.

  • Doug Sanders
    October 8, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I’m excited to get my mitts on this book … in my Flint boyhood, country music was most often the backing track to our lives. Congrats, Craig …

  • Bobby Brom
    January 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Ordered from Amazon today! Can’t wait.

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