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.
Today marked another milestone, as the proofs of the forthcoming book, "Detroit Country Music - Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies" arrived from University of Michigan Press. The layout of its guts looks beautiful.
Deke Dickerson's book, The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology, is out. It includes a story about former WEXL d.j. and musician Earl Gormaine's Pick N Strum music shop in Detroit.
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.
Recent Behind The Times show in Metro Detroit featured Dana Cupp bridging the past to the future of Motor City bluegrass.
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.
In his 1985 book "Bluegrass: A History," Neil Rosenberg suggested Detroit's Wayside Records was the first business to advertise bluegrass as a category of music, with a small ad in "Billboard" magazine in 1957. Part one examines Wayside 105, with Frank Wakefield, Marvin Cobb & Chain Mountain Boys.