Motor City Cribs

Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00 am

It makes perfect musical sense that Don "Doop" Duprie calls River Rouge home. For the self-proclaimed blue-collar rock 'n' roller, it don't get any more blue collar than River Rouge. "This is the city that helped build the city (of Detroit) — the steel that made the cars, the steel that made the buildings," Doop says.

Doop, who has been a River Rouge firefighter for nine years, purchased this two-story Depression-era home (which he shares with his manager Sam Wood) for an eye-popping 40 grand seven years ago. (The Edmund Fitzgerald was built just down his street, near where the last stop for the Jefferson streetcar line once was.)

The home's heart lies in its basement studio christened "the Hideout." Among organs, empty beer cans, classic Gibson guitars and vintage Vernors bottles, the space is home to Doop and his band the Inside Outlaws, whose CD, Blood River, just dropped. The studio's also home-away-from-home for Doop's Lincoln Park buddy (and Kid Rock pal) Ty Stone and their brilliantly named band the Bicentennial Sons of Bitches (in honor of their DOBs.)

Incidentally, Stone's mixing and choosing from a list of 35 songs for his Atlantic Records debut, which were recorded in many posh locales. But nearly all demos for said record were done at the Hideout. Stone: "If you're not comfortable here, you're not paying attention."