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Featured Merch

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

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

RIP Thom Bresh

RIP Thom Bresh

I saw Thom perform live a number of times, and he was one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen. Funny, confident, and talented, he would dazzle audiences with complex guitar showcases, sing heartfelt ballads, then crack everybody up with gimmicks.

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RIP Howie Pyro

RIP Howie Pyro

I am gutted to learn of Howie Pyro’s passing. If I ever needed a reference human to the phrase “lovable weirdo,” Howie fit that description to a T.

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RIP Art Rupe

RIP Art Rupe

Specialty Records’ Art Rupe passed away April 15 at the age of 104. It’s really hard to put into words the impact this guy had on our lives.

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