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New Book!!

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.

Deke will happily autograph your copy if you order here at his website. Add a note to your order telling him who to make it out to.

Live Dates

January 28, 2023 Mosrite 70th anniversary show, Maui Sugar Mill Saloon Tarzana, CA with Venturesmania!
February 2-5, 2023 Rockin Race Jamboree Torremolinos, Spain Deke set and backing up Les Greene
February 19, 2023 Casbah San Diego, CA with the Whippersnappers
March 25, 2023 Grand Ole BBQ (North Park location) San Diego, CA Solo performance
April 27-30 Viva Las Vegas Festival, Orleans Casino Las Vegas, NV with Deke and the Whippersnappers, Dave and Deke Hillbillyfest, Deke’s Guitar Geek Show, more TBA
June 5-11 Screamin’ Festival Calella, Spain R&B/doo-Wop show
June 15-19 Rockabilly Rave Festival Camber Sands, England with the Deke All-Star Power Trio featuring “Crazy” Joe Tritschler and Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague

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

Johnny Fields 1952 Guitar Mystery

Johnny Fields 1952 Guitar Mystery

Guitar mystery of the night: Here’s Johnny Fields, left, early 1950s. His Fender Esquire (Telecaster? No Caster? Broadcaster?) has been customized with what looks to be an extra bridge pickup section from another Fender guitar…

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RIP Jerry Blavat, The Geator with the Heater

RIP Jerry Blavat, The Geator with the Heater

RIP to the great Philadelphia DJ personality Jerry Blavat, the legendary “Geator with the Heater.” got turned on to the Geator a million years ago, when I auditioned for a Morells spinoff band when I was in high school in Missouri.

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Videos

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