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.

Guest post: Fred Stanley and the Skillet Lickers

Bert Layne (left) and Fred Stanley, 1970s Ann Arbor writer and musician Fred Reif recently brought to our attention his friendship with the late Fred Stanley, who settled in Detroit twenty years after cutting a record for Columbia with members of famed string band the Skillet Lickers.

Forest Rye’s trail from Detroit to the ‘Grand Ole Opry’

Country-western bandleader Forest Rye entertained in Detroit nightclubs, and on radio from the 1920s through the 1950s. Rye was the first Detroiter (of many) to perform at the "Grand Ole Opry."

A Detroit discography of the York Brothers

1953 York Brothers promotional portrait Perhaps the most popular country singers in Detroit during the 1940s and 1950s, the York Brothers, George and Les, also created the most important (and perhaps first) country music records in Detroit during the early 1940s. Here is a fresh list, along with labels, personnel, and approximate dates.

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.

He Played Country With Dynamite: Skeet Ring

Les Bonine and Skeet Ring 1949 was a banner year for the three-year-old Fortune Records company in Detroit. Billboard magazine reviewed several country platters that Fortune issued by Detroit artists, including the only one ever made by Skeet Ring. Ring’s disk was also the last commercial record made by a country music pioneer.