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.

Craig Maki holds his book "Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies" at the U of M Press archive. Photo by Keith Cady
Surrounded by titles such as “Idlewild” and “The American Stravinsky,” Craig Maki holds an archive copy of his book “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies” at the University of Michigan Press. Where is his research collaborator Keith Cady? He’s taking the photo!

Friends, it’s with an abundance of goodwill and happiness that I write this post. The University of Michigan Press has begun fulfilling online orders for the book, and delivering review copies. The press received so many pre-orders and review requests that they could give Keith Cady and me only a couple of copies each, last week.

Here’s a snapshot of me standing in the Press archive, holding the hardcover version. Let me tell you, it was a sweet moment. Years of research and writing finally came together in an exceptional presentation we all can be proud of. As I held the book, two decades of memories from working on this project rattled my mind. Some musicians I wrote about had to wait a lifetime for their stories to be shared like this, and … we did it – with the help of many, many good people.

Thank you to all who ordered the book ahead of its publication. I was told nearly 250 orders had been placed online, which was a pleasant surprise. Here’s a link to the book’s page at the U of M Press website. It’s available in hardcover, softcover, and an e-book.

We’re planning some events, including an official book launch party in Detroit, and another at a legendary C&W nightclub. I’ll share more information when I can, so keep checking in, won’t you?

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