Cowboy crooner: Smilin’ Red Maxedon, part 2

Smilin' Red Maxedon (left) and unknown man, late 1940s During the 1940s, one of the best-known voices of Detroit radio was the mellow baritone of John “Smilin’ Red” Maxedon. He sang cowboy songs with reassuring ease over WJBK and WJR stations every day. In 1946 he began cutting records for the Detroit-based Arcadia company.

Cowboy crooner: Smilin’ Red Maxedon, part 1

Smilin' Red Maxedon, WJR radio During the 1940s, one of the best-known voices of Detroit radio was the mellow baritone of western singer John “Smilin’ Red” Maxedon. For several years, WJR radio’s clear channel 50,000-watt broadcast Maxedon's melodies every day.

Interview: Guitarist Tommy Odom, part 2

Tommy Odom, 2001. Second part of a 2001 conversation with Detroit country guitarist Tommy Odom. During 1940s to 1970s, Odom played take off guitar on western and swing records in Detroit by Roy Hall and his Cohutta Mountain Boys, among others.

Interview: Guitarist Tommy Odom, part 1

Guitarist Tommy Odom, 1950s First part of a 2001 conversation with Detroit country guitarist Tommy Odom. During a career spanning 1940s to 1970s, Odom played take off guitar on western swing records in Detroit by Roy Hall and his Cohutta Mountain Boys, among others.

Detroit discography of the Davis Sisters, Betty Jack and Skeeter

The Davis Sisters, Skeeter and Betty Jack. Snapshot ca. 1952 In 1952 Betty Jack Davis and friend Mary Frances "Skeeter" Penick moved to Detroit at the invitation of bandleader Casey Clark. Here is an update of their Detroit recording session details.

Wayside Records and early Detroit bluegrass part 2

Frank Wakefield, 2000 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.

Forest Rye’s trail from Detroit to the ‘Grand Ole Opry’

Country-western bandleader Forest Rye entertained in Detroit nightclubs, and on radio from the 1920s through the 1950s. Rye was the first Detroiter (of many) to perform at the "Grand Ole Opry."