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Deke’s new song, “The Year That Got Away,” was conceived as a ROCK ANTHEM: a chorus everyone could sing together, at the top of their lungs, while holding a cigarette lighter in the air. Plus cowbell! Featuring Jim Laspesa of in Brian Wilson’s band, Dave Davies, the Muffs and Green Jelly on drums. Many thanks to Sirius XM for the airplay!

Live Dates

December 4, 2021 Secret Island Tiki Bar Long Beach, CA VENTURESMANIA (All-Star Surf Band with Deke, Garrett Immel of the Ghastly Ones, Mel Bergmann of the Phantom Surfers, and Duff Paulsen of High Tide)
December 12, 2021 Campus Jax Newport Beach, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
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

Book Writin’

Deke has just finished writing the first-ever full-length Merle Travis biography, forthcoming from BMG books, a new publishing imprint of BMG Records, in 2021! In the meantime, check out his two earlier books:
 
The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology (Voyageur Press, 256 pages), in which musician, journalist, and “guitarchaeologist” Deke Dickerson tells the true tales of 50 thrilling rare guitar finds that will make guitarists green with envy. Foreword by Jonathan Kellerman.
 
The Strat in the Attic 2: More Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology (Voyageur Press, 256 pages), with even more stories behind dozens of astounding guitar finds.

Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

RIP Rose Lee Maphis

RIP Rose Lee Maphis

It was a gift that we still had Rose Lee Maphis until 2021. Her history goes back so far that none of her contemporaries are still living. She was literally the last woman standing, until she passed away at the age of ninety-eight.

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Bostonia All-Star Western Swing Band

Bostonia All-Star Western Swing Band

I was as shocked as anyone to see the legendary Bostonia Ballroom (one of the major West Coast music venues of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s) open up for a night of Western swing, rockabilly and honky-tonk music.

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