The Car City Country Top 20

Billy Gill and Pete Goble The writers of Car City Country present a top 20 list of country-western records made by Detroit artists between the 1930s and 1960s.

Detroit country music gets its due

U of M Press begins filling orders, and plans for a book launch party for "Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies" under way.

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.

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.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 1

Jimmy Franklin publicity portrait, late 1940s From 1948 to 1970, singer Jimmy Franklin made great western swing, country and rockabilly records in Detroit, before disappearing suddenly from the scene. Here is part one of two, wherein Franklin established himself among the best C&W entertainers of his day.

Hall of Fame salutes steel guitarist Paul Franklin

This Saturday, March 23, 2013, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, spotlights Paul Franklin in part of its ongoing series called Nashville Cats.

Detroit country-western handbills

1956 handbill for Eddie Jackson, Lucky Lee and Jimmy Franklin gig at Conner Show Bar Handbills, circulars, or fliers have been around for a long time. Here we survey several rare examples of handbills advertising Detroit-based country music entertainers from the 1930s to 1950s.