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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

October 21, 2021 Hillbilly Jeff's Bday Bash, Supply and Demand Long Beach, CA with Deke and the Whippersnappers, Mitch Polzak, West of Texas, and J.P. McDermott
October 23, 2021 Royal Palace Banquet Hall El Cajon, CA Bostonia Ballroom Reunion with Deke’s “Bostonia All-Star Western Swing Band” (featuring Deke, Dave Stuckey, Scotty Broyles, Russ Blake, Tommy Harkenrider, Benny Brydern, Brent Harding) also featuring Mitch Polzak, West of Texas
October 24, 2021 Los Angeles Farmers Market Fall Festival 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
October 30, 2021 Secret Island Tiki Bar Long Beach, CA appearing with Joey Simeone of the Bellfuries, opening for Tiger Army
November 6, 2021 Godmother's San Pedro, CA as Deke and the Whippersnappers
November 12, 2021 West Coast Ramble live audience TV taping as Deke and the Whippersnappers
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
April 14-17, 2022 Viva Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Guitar Geek Festival, Dave and Deke Hillbillyfest, more TBA
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

A Day with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick

A Day with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick

First we talked about the impossibly rare 1963 Guild Merle Travis model. He got it out and talked about his journey to find it and have it restored to an incredible level of museum quality. As Rick put it, “MAXIMUM ORNAMENTATION!”

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Music Magazines, early 1900s through the 1930s

Music Magazines, early 1900s through the 1930s

I spent pretty much all day today sorting a large group of ancient music magazines from the early 1900s through the 1930s. This stuff is really out of my wheelhouse and my field of interest, but even so, I found it riveting.

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