Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story (BMG Books, 480 pages) is the story of Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Travis, a brilliant, multi-talented, and deeply troubled artist who is widely considered a genius. A world-class guitarist who dazzled audiences with his Kentucky thumb-picking style, Merle was also a pioneering country songwriter who wrote such classics as “Dark as a Dungeon” and “Sixteen Tons.” Additionally, he was responsible for early electric guitar innovations in the 1940s, and was a gifted actor, writer, and cartoonist, among many other talents. Coming in May 2022… Pre-order now!!
|January 15, 2022||Beat Farmers Reunion Show @ Belly-Up Tavern||Solana Beach, CA||special guest with surviving members of the Beat Farmers|
|January 27, 2022||The Quarry||Bisbee, AZ||as Deke and the Whippersnappers, with Franks and Deans|
|January 28, 2022||Yucca Tap Room||Tempe, AZ||as Deke and the Whippersnappers, with Franks and Deans|
|January 29, 2022||Yucca North||Flagstaff, AZ||as Deke and the Whippersnappers, with Franks and Deans|
|February 3-6, 2022||Rockin’ Race Jamboree||Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain||with Bloodshot Bill|
|February 17, 2022||Will’s Pub||Orlando, FL||with Bloodshot Bill|
|February 18, 2022||TBA||Tampa, FL||with Blind Rage and Violence|
|February 19, 2022||Rockabillaque Festival, Seminole Casino||Immolokee, FL||with Bloodshot Bill|
|February 25, 2022||Greg Germani Benefit @ Star Bar||Atlanta, FL||with the Beard-O-Fonics|
|April 14-17, 2022||Viva Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV||Guitar Geek Festival, Dave and Deke Hillbillyfest, more TBA|
|April 22-24, 2022||Good Rockin’ Tonight Festival||Attignat, France||with Deke (backed by Don Diego Trio) and Dave and Deke (backed by Don Diego Trio)|
|June 16-20, 2022||Rockabilly Rave||Camber Sands, England||as Deke and the Whippersnappers|
|July 1-3, 2022||V-8 Brothers Village||Hooglede-Gets, Belgium||backed by the Don Diego Trio|
Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke
If any of you guitar geeks out there have Martin and Paul Kelly’s other book, Fender, the Golden Age: 1946–1970, then you’ll know the sort of quality I was expecting with their new book about Rickenbacker.
Glyn Johns’s Sound Man is one of those books I wished would never end. What a crazy career by a guy who seems super nice, super smart, great ears (of course), and full of British humor.
I’ve always wondered how come no young kids ever started playing these 1966–67 Standel guitars in their garage bands. They have a visually pleasing design, don’t cost too much money, and are unique and cool looking. I’ve done years of research and fact-finding on them.
These and more on the Deke Dickerson YouTube Channel
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