‘Hamtramck Mama’ celebrates diamond anniversary

Leslie and George York Seventy-five years ago, the York Bros cut "Hamtramck Mama" and sparked a country music recording industry in Detroit.

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.

The rhythm of Happy Moore

Happy Moore The music career of Detroit rhythm guitarist Happy Moore, who played jazz and country.

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.

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.

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.