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Don Was launches The Motor City Hayride on Sirius XM in Detroit


SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that the Grammy Award® -winning producer/musician Don Was will host The Motor City Hayride, an exclusive weekly show on SIRIUS XM’s Outlaw Country channel, SIRIUS channel 63 and XM channel 12.

The Motor City Hayride will launch on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 pm ET and will be rebroadcast on Sundays at 8:00 am ET and Mondays at 10:00 am ET.

On The Motor City Hayride, Was, a Detroit native, will host Detroit-themed shows from various locations in his hometown. The first episode will be broadcast from Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit with local radio legend Nat Morris, the inspiration behind the show. Future shows will feature interviews with the United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger in the lobby of the union’s world headquarters; music legend Mitch Ryder on the streets of downtown Detroit; Detroit Tiger pitcher Nate Robertson from the team’s dugout; best-selling author Elmore Leonard at the Eastern Market produce terminal; and City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. at Northern Lights Cocktail Lounge.

“The Hayride will conjure up a unique jambalaya of Detroit civic pride and renegade country music,” said Don Was. “We’ll spin some cool records—some of which come from my personal stash of unreleased masters—and interview local notables who are keeping the city interesting and vibrant.”

“We here at Outlaw are both thrilled and inebriated to finally get Don off the streets and give him a real job,” said “Little Steven” Van Zandt, the executive producer and creator of SIRIUS XM’s Outlaw Country channel. “As part of our Motown Misfits program, he will be rehabilitated and end up contributing something positive to society, just like our other DJs, such as...uh...well... there's always a first time! And that's our solemn vow!”
Don Was joins Johnny Knoxville, Mojo Nixon, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Shooter Jennings, Steve Earle, Hillbilly Jim, Fred Imus and Elizabeth Cook on SIRIUS XM’s Outlaw Country channel.Was has produced records for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. He is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, including the “Producer of the Year” Grammy in 1995. Was’ recent producer projects include new releases from Americana artists Delbert McClinton, Todd Snider, Old Crow Medicine Show and Kris Kristofferson.

Outlaw Country, created and executive produced by E Street Band member “Little Steven” Van Zandt, is home to the freaks, misfits, outcasts, rebels and renegades of country music. Outlaw Country listeners will hear all three generations of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others.
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