Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

“Saginaw, Michigan”: The Legacy Of Lefty Frizzell

Lefty Frizzell + Saginaw, Michigan

Historically tied to the lumber industry in the 19th century, a river named after its city, “Saginaw, Michigan,” floated awards for William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell the same way it floated its logs within the Saginaw River.

An American honky-tonk singer, Lefty Frizzell, performed “Saginaw, Michigan,” a track written by Bill Anderson and Don Wayne back in 1964. The song became a big hit in the country music scene through its wacky and entertaining narrative and Frizzell’s distinct delivery. The song spent over a year (23 weeks to be exact) on top of the U.S. country chart and peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100. It even earned him a prestigious Grammy Award nomination. 

From being his sixth and final number-one, the song evolved into Frizzell’s legacy as a country music artist. 

Meaning Behind The Song

The entire catch of the “Saginaw, Michigan” lyrics was how a man’s crazy lie earned him the hand of the one he loved.

The song is set in Saginaw, Michigan, and to those unfamiliar with it, this isn’t a made-up place. It’s an actual city on the eastern side of the state of Michigan with a river flowing through. The river, named after the city, became the city’s reason for the region’s growth by acting as a free mode of transporting logs. 

Back to the story, a man born and raised in Saginaw meets the love of his life in his hometown. But his lady’s rich father thinks he is no good to her. To win his heart, the man goes to Alaska and returns home, claiming to have found himself the riches of anybody’s lifetime. 

The man gave up the plot of land carrying abundant wealth in exchange for the rich man’s daughter’s hand in marriage. The rich man agreed only to find out he was outwitted by the poor man from “Saginaw, Michigan.”

Accompanied by slurs and slides coming from the honky-tonk he came from, added a better sense of storytelling. It was so relatable, like a story a friend tells you while drinking in a bar and having a good time.

The song’s catchy melody, storytelling style, and Lefty Frizzell’s distinct delivery all combined to make “Saginaw, Michigan” a standout in country music and a beloved classic that continues to resonate with audiences. Check it out in the video below, and while you’re at it, give other Lefty Frizzell songs a chance, too. 

Latest Stories

Travis Tritt + Help Me Hold On

Travis Tritt Begs His Lover For One More Chance In “Help Me Hold On”

Country singer Travis Tritt scored his first number-one hit with his second release from his 1990 debut album Country Club titled “Help Me Hold On.” He co-wrote it with accomplished ...

Carrie Underwood Falls Off Stage on Tail End of South Carolina Concert

Carrie Underwood Rocks Carolina Country Music Fest Despite Rain

Country singer Carrie Underwood graced the last day stage of the Carolina Country Music Fest 2024 in Myrtle Beach and delivered one hell of a performance despite the massive downpour. ...

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Seeks Annulment on Grounds of Fraud

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Cites Fraud

American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus reached a breaking point with Australian singer Firerose just after seven months of marriage. According to court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Billy ...

Travis Tritt + Best of Intentions

Travis Tritt Made A Career Comeback With “Best of Intentions”

It was 2000, and it had been six years since Travis Tritt hit the top of the charts and three since his last appearance in the Top 10. The first ...

Sonny James Death

A Moment To Remember: Country Singer Sonny James’ Death At 87

Country singer Sonny James, known for his 1957 track “Young Love,” which topped both country and pop charts, passed away on February 22, 2016, at Nashville’s Alive Hospice. According to ...

Wynonna Sings Coal Miner's Daughter with Loretta Lynn's Granddaughter Emmy Russell - Idol

Wynonna Judd Joins Emmy Russell On Idol To Sing “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Emmy Russell started her American Idol journey with an original song. She fittingly ended it with a tribute cover of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” for her late grandmother and country legend ...

Johnny Cash + Forty Shades of Green

“Forty Shades of Green”: Johnny Cash’s Ode to Ireland

Country legend Johnny Cash released an ode to Ireland appreciating its beauty with “Forty Shades of Green” as part of his album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash ...

Randy Travis A Country Legend's Fight for His Voice and His Legacy

What Happened to Randy Travis After Massive Stroke and Dire Financial Situation?

What happened to Randy Travis? That has been the question of many of his fans after his massive stroke in 2013.  Randy Travis is a legend and an icon in ...

5 Must-Hear Lainey Wilson Collaborations

Here Are 5 Lainey Wilson Collaborations You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Country singer Lainey Wilson’s discography isn’t just a string of solo hits. Over the years, she has also steadily stacked up her collaboration resume — earning several number ones from ...

Lukas Nelson And Sierra Ferrell + Crying Time

Lukas Nelson & Sierra Ferrell Harmonize on Buck Owens’ “Crying Time”

Buck Owen’s 1964 track “Crying Time,” popularized by Ray Charles, is making waves again after Lukas Nelson and Sierra Ferrell shared a casual snippet of their take on the song.  ...