Best Country Music Artists In Detroit

October 29, 2011 9:10 AM

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When people mention Detroit and music, the likes of Kid Rock, Eminem and Motown generally come to mind for people in other parts of the country. However, in Southeast Michigan, we know we have fantastic talent in many genres. If Country music is your thing, consider checking out some of the finest performers our area has to offer.
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The Orbitsuns
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About 10 years ago, veteran musician Vinnie Dombroski, of Sponge and Crud fame, set out to form an Outlaw Country group. As you might expect, he drew upon talented local musicians with impressive credentials. The result is a really fun, foot-tapping sound. They just released their third album, and have been on tour with such artists as Cheap Trick and David Allen Coe. The Orbitsuns sound is uniquely Detroit, one listen and you’ll be hooked.

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In August of 2009, Julianne released her first solo CD titled “It Ain’t Over.” She embarked on a solo career after five years with the band Redhill. Her debut release was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for a 2010 Detroit Music Award in the Outstanding Country Recording category. This talented singer and decorated songwriter is the complete package. Her voice is powerful and her lyrics will leave you thinking. “No Place For A Lullabye” is a great example of her depth, and the video was shot to raise awareness on the plight of homeless families.

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Whitey Morgan & the 78’s
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Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are seasoned professionals with numerous Detroit Music Awards to prove they’re the real deal. Take a look at their calendar and you’ll quickly realize this group performs a lot, and not just in the Detroit area. If you want a good old fashioned Honky Tonk show, this band from Flint will not disappoint. Keep an eye on their website for local dates, or make it a destination and catch them on one of their out of state tour dates.

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Doop & the Inside Outlaws
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Singer-songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie draws upon his working class upbringing for his material and brings a blue collar work ethic to his music. He has two solid albums to his credit, and has garnered national attention. Doop is backed by Pete Ballard on Pedal Steel/Guitar, Jim Diamond contributes Vocals/Guitar, Katie Grace on Bass/Vocals, and Danny Kanka handles Drums. Check one of the sites listed above to upcoming local shows.

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Lead singer Heather Gray has been performing professionally for more than 20 years. Redhill also consists of founding member Greg Michaels on rhythm guitar, Chip Kipps on lead guitar, Freddie August on bass/sax/keys, Grant Castelberry on drums and Hessie Mae on strings. You may have seen Redhill perform at the 2010 WYCD Hoe Down. This band has a loyal following and their fan base is quickly expanding. Redhill has upcoming dates booked for Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill” at Great Lakes Crossing, consult the band’s web site for details.

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  • Kevin Sparks Janeway

    You guys forgot one ..David Shelby and Steve Byrnes..Julianne is one of the best! Kevin

  • Sharon

    Great article on Detroit Country talent. Would have been nice to see David Shelby added on the list.

  • nolan mendenhall

    Detroit has spawned so much viable music! Kudos and congrats to all. Julianne is a gem!!!

  • gjfox

    Glad you all liked the list. Thanks for the suggestions. We are constantly improving and adding to our Best Of section.

  • greg michaels

    Thanks so much fer including REDHILL in your article, it is most appreciated!. We intend on backing up your words and making Detroit proud. We have a brand new video that will be released next week, and a brand new kickin CD all ready to roll. Detroit Country..Get Yaself Some!…Thanks so much!..

  • Captgene

    I sure agree with comments you forgot David Shelby
    He rocks !!! See him at Toby Keith’s this Saturday and you will agree !!

  • Terri

    You forgot Lonny Ray

  • WildmusicmanDETROIT

    I would have to agree with thw David Shelby Band suggestion…… Its composed of some the greatest players I’ve seen in the Detroit area in a long time hands down and I have seen every band on this list….its definatly worth your time to see these guys…

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