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New Album!!

Deke’s first long-player with the Whippersnappers (and first new album since the pandemic) is chock full of great new songs, written by Deke and Bert Avalos and Zander Griffith of the Whippersnappers. There’s lots of wild rockabilly, including the title track “Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm,” “Now That You’re Gone,” and “Great Big Cowboy.” There are also great 1950s-style country numbers, including “Bucket of Blood,” and dramatic Western numbers like “Paying for That One Mistake.” And in addition to all the new songs, two of the group’s biggest numbers from their first EP are included as well: “Here Kitty Kitty” and “Wild Wild Thing.”

Live Dates

May 17 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
May 18 The Siren Morro Bay, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
May 19 Grillin’ and Chillin’ Hollister, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
May 20 Torch Club (early show) Sacramento, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
May 21 Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
June 10-11 Screamin’ Festival Calella, Spain Deke’s Doo-Wop/Rhythm and Blues show
June 15-19 Rockabilly Rave Camber Sands, UK with the Ecco-Fonics featuring Crazy Joe Tritschler, Kyle Eldridge and Bobby Trimble, also Deke will be playing guitar for the Bellfuries
June 30 Johnny Horton tribute show at Sassafras Saloon Los Angeles, CA featuring Tommy Horton, Deke and the Whippersnappers, Grey DeLisle, Eddie Clendening and many more!
July 6 Fullerton downtown Market Fullerton, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
July 8 Big Bakersfield Bash TBA (save the date, it’s going to be a good ‘un!)
July 14-22 Dates and venues TBA Alaska as Deke and the Whippersnappers
July 29 Deke plays the music of Link Wray at the Surf Guitar 101 convention Los Angeles, CA
August 5 Greazefest Brisbane, Australia

Book Writin’

Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story (BMG Books, 480 pages)—the first-ever full-length Merle Travis biography—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. 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.


Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

1940 Scully Lathe Educational Film

1940 Scully Lathe Educational Film

The Whippersnappers and I cut the master disc for our brand new vinyl album, Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm, on my 1940 Scully Record Lathe. Here’s an “educational film” produced by Science Lab Educational Films and Westinghouse demonstrating the process.

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RIP Chris Strachwitz

RIP Chris Strachwitz

RIP to the great Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records. It’s impossible to overstate his importance or his influence in the world of music. That’s a mighty big statement, but it’s true.

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Loading in at the Orleans Casino, 2:20 AM

Loading in at the Orleans Casino, 2:20 AM

Load-in is brutal, that cannot be denied. Especially after driving five hours through the desert. There are a few early-bird Wednesday-night rockabillies already getting their drink on, watching the guy load in carts of guitars and amps.

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