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!!
|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|
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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.
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.
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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