In case you thought the modern-day blues scene was being overrun by blues-rockers, you need to hear this. Not that blues rock is necessarily a bad thing, but if you prefer your blues a little closer to the roots -- particularly the Detroit roots -- then the Hastings Street Blues Band is the sound of choice among the newer groups. Few other young bands are as true to the tradition as Hastings Street. Those who know anything about the history of Detroit blues will recognize the symbolism of the band’s name right away. Back in the day, before there was an I-75, Hastings Street was the heartbeat of the city’s black club scene. Live music joints were plentiful and jumpin’ ’round the clock. Hastings Street Blues Band has worked hard at capturing -- and updating -- the good time-hardtime sounds of that era. The results -- captured on its first CD -- are good to ear.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.