Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies

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University of Michigan Press, Oct 11, 2013 - History - 338 pages
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The richness of Detroit’s music history has by now been well established. We know all about Motown, the MC5, and Iggy and the Stooges. We also know about the important part the Motor City has played in the history of jazz. But there are stories about the music of Detroit that remain untold. One of the lesser known but nonetheless fascinating histories is contained within Detroit’s country music roots. At last, Craig Maki and Keith Cady bring to light Detroit’s most important country and western and bluegrass stars, such as Chief Redbird, the York Brothers, and Roy Hall. Beyond the individuals, Maki and Cady also map out the labels, radio programs, and performance venues that sustained Detroit’s vibrant country and bluegrass music scene. In the process, Detroit Country Music examines how and why the city’s growth in the early twentieth century, particularly the southern migration tied to the auto industry, led to this vibrant roots music scene.



This is the first book—the first resource of any kind—to tell the story of Detroit’s contributions to country music. Craig Maki and Keith Cady have spent two decades collecting music and images, and visiting veteran musicians to amass more than seventy interviews about country music in Detroit. Just as astounding as the book’s revelations are the photographs, most of which have never been published before. Detroit Country Music will be essential reading for music historians, record collectors, roots music fans, and Detroit music aficionados.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Detroits Everlasting Harmonization
1
Chief Redbird
15
Mountain Red
29
Chapter 4 The York Brothers George And Leslie
37
Arizona Weston
51
Chapter 6 Hey Its Chuck Oakes
69
Casey Clark and the Lazy Ranch Boys
77
Roy Hall
127
Jimmy Work
197
Lonnie Barron
211
Danny Richards
225
Al Allen
239
Hugh Friar
253
Ford Nix
261
Curly Dan and Wilma Ann
271
Related Music in Print
277

May Hawks
143
Chapter 10 Chuck Hatfield And The TrebleAires
153
Eddie Jackson
169
Fran Mitchell
181
Joyce Singo
187

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About the author (2013)

Craig Maki is a writer, musician, researcher, radio host, and record collector of American roots music.



Keith Cady is a radio broadcaster, emcee, musician, and music researcher.

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