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.

Good news, Detroit Country Music proofs arrived

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 visits the Pick N Strum

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.

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.

Dana Cupp Bridges the Times

Curly Dan and Wilma Ann and the Danville Mountain Boyes, ca. 1961 Recent Behind The Times show in Metro Detroit featured Dana Cupp bridging the past to the future of Motor City bluegrass.

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.

Wayside Records and early Detroit bluegrass

Postcard of Chain Mountain Boys, Detroit 1957 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.