Rounding out the last week of July, this week’s CW50 Detroit Proud Playlist includes tunes from a few singer-songwriters, a bit of country-folk, and the grungy Detroit rock, to a ’50s-inspired 16-year-old rocker, as well as a few long-time loves. Also, find one of the originators of techno music in our set. Did you know he was from Detroit? Check it out!
Carrie Shepard – “Don’t Bring Me Diamonds”
Carrie Shepard is the singer-songwriter with a whimsical voice and acoustic guitar melodies. She’s been writing music since 2008 and recently nabbed a nomination for Best Songwriting at the Detroit Music Awards. Check out her website here!
George Morris – “Young Girls”
George Morris is a Detroit singer-songwriter with a voice that must be heard – his music is soulfully charming with a raucous bite. Check out his Bandcamp here!
The Whiskey Charmers – “Your Special Day”
The perfect mix of country, folk, and grunge, The Whiskey Charmers combine poetic lyrics with a lively rock, laced under melodic vocals. Check out the song “Your Special Day” live here!
Blaire Alise & The Bombshells – “Betty Lou”
Blaire Alise has already put out a vinyl EP, traveled around the country with the School Of Rock All Stars, and she attends the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. Not too shabby for a 16 year-old. Blaire Alise & The Bombshells are the ’50s-inspired band with Detroit grit – think She & Him with Detroit flair. Listen to “Betty Lou” live here!
Kid Rock – “Born Free”
Crowned the “rap-rocker,” Kid Rock has dabbled in everything from country to rock, and from rap to blues. Did you know his birth name is Robert James “Bob” Ritchie? Check out his website here!
The Sights – “How Do You Sleep?”
Known as the “masters of heavy soul,” The Sights have achieved quite an amount of success since their debut in 1998, touring parts of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. They have uniquely balanced a ’90s garage rock with the pep of ’60s pop rock. Check out their website here!
The Hentchmen – “Yesterday’s Trash”
The Hentchmen featured Jack White before he created The White Stripes, but don’t let his absence fool you – the band is still the mastery of garage rock. Check out the video for “Yesterday’s Trash” here!
Juan Atkins – “Techno City”
Juan Atkins is widely credited as the originator of techno music. After he first heard electronic music, he described the synthesizers like “UFOs landing” and from that point on, he was hooked. He’s been releasing singles and full-length albums since 1981! Check out the song “Techno City” here!
Stevie Soul – “Freedom Calls For Love”
Beat-boxer extraordinaire! Stevie Soul is an award-winning vocal entertainer with the ability to perform the sounds of any instrument in perfect harmony…with just his voice. Talk about talented! Check out his website here!
Madonna – “Express Yourself”
Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna is a woman of many faces (and costumes!) She’s most famously known as the chart-topping singer-songwriter, but she’s also an actress, author, and director – a true all-around entertainer. Almost three decades later, and she’s still going strong. Check out her website here!
Comment below and let us know about your Detroit favorites!