12101 Mack: Labor and country music in Detroit

Audience of Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance at 12101 Mack Avenue, ca. 1954 Past and present views of UAW hall 12101 Mack Avenue, Detroit, the home of Casey Clark's Lazy Ranch Boys.

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.

Chick Stripling: The buck dancer stops here

Chick Stripling Comedian, old-time fiddle and bass player, and dancer Chick Stripling traveled in and out of Detroit, Michigan, with extended stays, from the late 1940s through the 1960s.

Little Jimmy Dickens in Saginaw

Jimmy Dickens in Saginaw, Michiga, ca. 1947. Source: Keith Cady It's been 65 years since Little Jimmy Dickens made his debut on the WSM Grand Ole Opry barn dance. While living in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1947-48, Dickens was invited by Roy Acuff, the King of the Hillbillies, to join the show.

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.

Frank Lary and the Swingsters

During the Detroit Tigers pitcher's years in Detroit, 1954 to 1964, Frank Lary sometimes sat in with country-western groups in nightclubs and showcases around town.

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.