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!!
|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|
Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke
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!
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.
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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