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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RIP Homer Henderson

RIP Homer Henderson

RIP Homer Henderson, one of the great Texas musical nutjobs (and I mean that as the highest form of compliment).

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Scully Lathe in Action

Scully Lathe in Action

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!

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Mickey Mouse Eefing

Mickey Mouse Eefing

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.

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Seligman, Arizona

Seligman, Arizona

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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The Scully Lathe Coup

The Scully Lathe Coup

Today there are around twenty-one working Scully lathes known to exist. There are perhaps another ten or fifteen out there that are known to exist but aren’t working, making a total of less than forty Scully lathes left in the world.

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RIP Glen Glenn

RIP Glen Glenn

Glen Glenn, 1950s rockabilly legend, has passed away. Glen recorded a number of fantastic records in the 1950s, including “Everybody’s Movin’” and “One Cup of Coffee.”

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The Elusive Santo Farina

The Elusive Santo Farina

Four years ago, I tracked down the elusive Santo Farina from Santo and Johnny, living in a remote corner of Long Island, New York. I was the first person to talk about music with him since 1989.

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