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New Book!!

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.

Deke will happily autograph your copy if you order here at his website. Add a note to your order telling him who to make it out to.

Live Dates

December 7, 2022 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA with the Whippersnappers
December 8, 2022 The Siren Morro Bay, CA with the Whippersnappers
December 9, 2022 Grillin' and Chillin' Hollister, CA with the Whippersnappers
December 10, 2022 Torch Club Sacramento, CA with the Whippersnappers
December 11, 2022 Ivy Room Albany, CA with the Whippersnappers
January 15, 2023 Redwood Bar Los Angeles, CA with the Whippersnappers

Book Writin’

Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story (BMG Books, 480 pages)—the first-ever full-length Merle Travis biography, now coming in November 2022 (sorry! supply chain issues)—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. Pre-order it now via the button at right!
Also check out Deke’s 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. 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 Graeme Thomas

RIP Graeme Thomas

I’m very sad to learn of the death of Graeme Thomas, my good friend from Australia who was the brainchild of Preston Records and Preston Studios.

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Standel Acoustic Guitar

Standel Acoustic Guitar

I’m not really in the market for anything, these days, which is nice. But every now and then an orphan will pop up that needs a home. This Standel acoustic guitar popped up on Craigslist the other day and I got it for 250 bucks.

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Grady Martin Content

Grady Martin Content

For years, there has been a debate in the rockabilly world: Who played guitar on the Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio recordings? This debate can go on for days among the guitar geeks of the modern era.

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Videos

These and more on the Deke Dickerson YouTube Channel

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