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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

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

RIP Charles Music in Glendale

RIP Charles Music in Glendale

Charles Music is going out of business, after many decades. Sad to see this place go, sad to see any music store go out of business. I also see right down the street the classic old “Virgil’s Hardware Home Center” just went out of business, as well.

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All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

These photos just surfaced of a benefit for Charlie Feathers with a lineup that still seems impossible. And I was there! Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, the Sun Rhythm Section (featuring Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, D.J. Fontana, Smoochy Smith, Marcus Van Story, and Stan Kesler), Mack Vickery, Barbara Pittman, Tex Rubinowitz, Dave Travis, Bubba Feathers, and Charlie Feathers hisself!

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The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

Pulled this sucker out to play rhythm guitar with Kyle Eldridge this weekend. I sort of forget what a darn good amp this one is. It’s an odd one, even if you’re all versed up on tube Standel amplifiers.

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