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.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 2

Jim Franklin composite of images, ca. 1962 In 1952 Jim Franklin played at WNAX radio. He returned to Detroit by 1956 and made two records for the Fortune label with other bands before striking out on his own. Part 2 of a 3-part biography.

Rock And Roll Grandpap: Don Rader

Don Rader, Hazel Park, Michigan, 1950s Don Rader sang country and rock ’n’ roll for more than forty years. In 1958 Rader cut his first record, “Rock And Roll Grandpap.” Fifty years later, Rader personified the title of his song as he sang country and vintage rock ’n’ roll with a rock band in Southeast Michigan nightclubs.

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.