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.

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.

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.

Casey Clark and the Lazy Ranch Boys souvenir book covers

Casey Clark and Lazy Ranch Boys book, 1953 Here are the covers of three known Casey Clark and the Lazy Ranch Boys books, along with a special bonus: Jimmy Martin's Detroit scrapbook.

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."

WYSI / WSDS Story – Part One: Rock’n’Roll Years

The early history of WYSI / WSDS radio Ypsilanti, Michigan, which faithfully broadcast country music for more than 40 years after starting with a rock format in 1962. Written by the station's last program director, Keith Jason Cady.