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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!!

Live Dates

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’

Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story (BMG Books, 480 pages)—the first-ever full-length Merle Travis biography, forthcoming in May 2022—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

Vintage Standel Guitars

Vintage Standel Guitars

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.

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WIWS Radio: My New Favorite Thing

WIWS Radio: My New Favorite Thing

WIWS is like listening to an AM radio station circa early 1960s, with that classic AM radio compression and a hint of reverb (like you’re listening to it in your ’62 Oldsmobile) along with vintage and newly created jingles and DJs.

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Goodbye 2021

Goodbye 2021

2021 didn’t turn out to be the “comeback” year we all hoped, which only serves to remind us how deep the 2020 hole really was.

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