I Smiled At Her: Previously unknown Forest Rye record

Forest Rye Fans of longtime Detroit resident and country music bandleader Forest Rye are smiling at the thought of recordings they hadn't heard before.

Keith’s favorite research moments for Detroit Country Music book

Since finding out the research Craig and I compiled was going to be published, the most frequent question I've received from people is, “What was the coolest thing you found in your research?”

We love his style: Johnny Powers

Johnny Powers thumbnail The story of how singer Johnny Powers cut his 1957 signature rockabilly tune "Long Blond Hair" in Detroit.

Discography: Detroit steel guitarist Chuck Hatfield

Chuck Hatfield Chuck Hatfield played some of the finest steel guitar ever heard, while based in Detroit during the 1950s. Want to hear for yourself? Here is his discography.

Same Old Blues: Patti Lynn, Part Two

Patti Lynn at microphone Patti Lynn sang country music in Detroit with a variety of bandleaders, including Eddie Jackson, and Frankie Meadows. Part two focuses on her records of the 1960s.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 2

Jim Franklin composite of images, ca. 1962 In 1952 Jim Franklin played at WNAX radio. He returned to Detroit by 1956 and made two records for the Fortune label with other bands before striking out on his own. Part 2 of a 3-part biography.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 1

Jimmy Franklin publicity portrait, late 1940s From 1948 to 1970, singer Jimmy Franklin made great western swing, country and rockabilly records in Detroit, before disappearing suddenly from the scene. Here is part one of two, wherein Franklin established himself among the best C&W entertainers of his day.