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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. Now coming in November 2022 (sorry! supply chain issues)… Pre-order now!!

Live Dates

May 19, 2022 American Legion Post 82 Nashville, TN Hillbilly all-star show, w/special guests
May 20, 2022 Eastside Bowl “Eastside Boogie” festival Nashville, TN Rockabilly set with Mark Winchester and Billy Thunder of the Planet Rockers
June 3, 2022 Godmother's San Pedro, CA Deke’s birthday party show with the Whippersnappers, special guests!
June 16-20, 2022 Rockabilly Rave Camber Sands, England as Deke and the Whippersnappers
June 26, 2022 Grand Ole BBQ El Cajon, CA with the Whippersnappers
July 1-3, 2022 V-8 Brothers Village Hooglede-Gets, Belgium backed by the Don Diego Trio
August 27, 2022 Marysville Hot Wheels Weekend Marysville, MI

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

Scully Lathe in Action

Scully Lathe in Action

I decided it was as good a time as any to try cutting some music (as opposed to just test tones) on the Scully lathe. Behold! Music created in the studio one minute, played back on a lacquer disc the next. It’s a phonographic miracle!

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Mickey Mouse Eefing

Mickey Mouse Eefing

Not only was it a thrill to do some hillbilly rhythmic wheezing for a real, honest-to-god Disney cartoon, but it also tickled my innards to think that this gig made me the world’s only PROFESSIONAL EEFER! Finally, something tangible for my epitaph.

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Seligman, Arizona

Seligman, Arizona

Seligman might be my favorite of all the old Route 66 towns. It is very run-down, lots of vintage Route 66 tourist traps, and seems to be inhabited by people who broke down on their way to California and couldn’t afford to keep going. In short, it’s just like the old Route 66 used to be!

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