Flint teacher propelled steel players’ careers from Detroit to Nashville

Russ Waters Steel guitar players from Michigan owe a debt to Russell B. Waters, instructor at the Flint Honolulu Conservatory of Music and Dance during 1930s to 1950s.

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.

Don’t you know Swanee Caldwell

Swanee Caldwell at mike An appreciation of Detroit C&W artist Swanee Caldwell, who sang in Detroit clubs through five decades.

May Hawks featured in Cowboy Songs

May Hawks, 1954 Highlights from the 1954 Cowboy Songs feature about Detroit singer May Hawks and her music career.

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.

Same Old Blues: Patti Lynn, Part One

From the late 1950s through the 1970s, Patti Lynn sang country music in Detroit with a variety of bandleaders, including Eddie Jackson, Billy Martin, and Frankie Meadows. Part one focuses on her early experiences in North Carolina and Michigan.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 3

JIm Franklin 1970s, feature image For years, admirers of Jimmy Franklin's "Hey Mr. Presley," one the hottest rockabilly disks on Detroit's Fortune label, had no idea where he'd gone after cutting that record. Fans will be glad to know he remained true to his artistic callings after moving back home to Kentucky. Part 3 of 3.