2014: Year of Detroit Country Music book

Detroit Country Music book display - photograph by Craig MakiFollowing the publication of “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies” at the end of 2013, last year was filled with truly golden times. From musical parties at Club Canton and United Sound Systems, to presenting at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, Tennessee; from hosting programs at the Detroit Historical Museum and local public libraries to appearances at the Henry Ford; from nice reviews in the Detroit News, Metro Times, Hour Detroit, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Vintage Guitar to radio interviews and an appearance on Channel 4 TV, the reception of the book exceeded our expectations.

Thanks to everyone – and we mean EVERYONE – who wrote, called, met us, and paid any kind of attention to this project.

Visit the Press page for links and details on media coverage.


We were sad to hear Jimmy Dickens passed away Jan. 2, at the age of 94.

The man’s charisma, heart, and expression combined into a giant personality who everyone loved. When Keith Cady called Mr. Dickens to follow up a short interview he granted backstage at the “Grand Ole Opry” more than a dozen years ago, Dickens was out mowing his lawn. Mr. Dickens climbed off his tractor just to speak with Keith for as long as he pleased, contributing stories about Casey Clark, Buddy Emmons, and Okie Jones, and talking about his gigs with the Mel Steele band, and WKNX radio in Saginaw.

Our sympathies go out to his family, friends, and fans.


2 Comments to "2014: Year of Detroit Country Music book"

  • January 24, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Fabulous book! We all through the world, lovers of the Fortune sound among other Detroit records, missed this book. A big thank you!

    • February 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

      Thank you, sir! I’m glad to know Detroit’s musical heritage in all its forms is appreciated around the world.

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