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Michael Adams

The late Michael Adams was a well know musician in the Detroit area for many years. Mike was know for his great tenor voice. He was a member of several bands, and fronted the Mike Adams Band at the end of his career.

John Bayerl

  John Bayerl, an enthusiastic promoter of bluegrass and acoustic music was nominated by a band leader who said in part, “…because of his tireless and ceaseless promotion of bluegrass music through his SEMi bluegrass blog. His excellent, well thought out and well written reviews of bluegrass events in the area are a wealth of …

David Blakney

David is the host of Daybreak in Dixie, on the air since June 16, 1991 at CJAM in Windsor, Ontario. He began his radio career assisting Larry McDaniel on the Arkansas Traveler show which was broadcast on WDTE in Detroit He is the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards DJ of …

Bobby Hutch

Bobby Hutch

Bobby Hutch (Robert Boggs) Has been a musician all his life, before and after his tour of duty in the Army which began in 1956. Bobby played in several bands in his home state of Kentucky before and after his military service. Bobby and his family moved to the Detroit area in 1964. He worked …

Tom Laing

James Thomas Laing has volunteered in the bluegrass community for many years. He is a lifetime professional member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Tom served on the Bluegrass in the Schools Committee for IBMA from 1992-2007, and on the National Search committee for an new IBMA Executive Director in 2012. In addition, he …

Gordon L. Lamb

The Late Gordon Lamb was a bluegrass super fan. He devoted his much of his time to bluegrass in our area. Gordon drove bands safely to gigs, sometimes in his motor home and sometimes using their vehicles. He was a huge supporter of local bands such as Gary Adams and the Bluegrass Gentlemen and Wendy …

Larry McDaniel

The late Larry McDaniel, was a long-time broadcaster in the Detroit area. His program, The Arkansas Traveller, ran on WDET 101.9 FM from 1977 to 2009, primarily on Saturday afternoons. The show was so popular that an attempt by management to cancel it in 2004 caused such a listener uproar (and decline in pledges) that …

Virgie McClearen

Virgie has been a fixture at downriver bluegrass events. For many years she kept the kitchen at the Huron Valley Eagles running smoothly. She later promoted bluegrass shows at the Wayne County Coon Hunter’s Club.

Nick Mladjan

The late Nick Mladjan took photos of bluegrass events in the Detroit area; many of his photos have been featured on the SMBMA Facebook page, and are posted in the history section of this site. Nick was the official photographer of the Kentuckians of Michigan for many years.    

John Morris

John Morris is the founder of Old Homestead Records. He has recorded  albums, tapes and CDs for many bands. He was also an early promoter of the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival.

Jim & Faye Wilder

Faye and her late husband Jim were long-time promoters of the Charlotte and Milan Bluegrass Festivals. The Wilders are well known to bluegrass fans in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Jerry & Ada Yates

Jerry and the late Ada (Duty) Yates presented bluegrass shows at schools in the area. The also were promoters of the Charlotte, Milan and Leslie bluegrass festivals. And and her sisters prepared and served food to bluegrass artists tirelessly year after year. The Yates and Duty families are synonymous with bluegrass music in the southeast …