The golden age of country-western music in Detroit

A celebration

During the mid-20th century, country music thrived in the Motor City. This site and the book, “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies,” examine the legacy of musicians who participated in Detroit’s early country music scene. Click on “About” for more information.


Biographies, interviews, music, and images

Check out our blog for material related to early Detroit folk, western, honky tonk, rockabilly, and bluegrass artists, record companies, barn dances, venues, and promoters.


Explore Car City Country

Our Car City Country map lets you visit the sites of old nightclubs, barn dances, record shops, and more. Use Google’s “Street View” function to see what landmarks are still standing.

Available now!

Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies book cover
Click on the book cover to purchase securely from U of M Press.

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