Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

RIP Graeme Thomas

RIP Graeme Thomas

I’m very sad to learn of the death of Graeme Thomas, my good friend from Australia who was the brainchild of Preston Records and Preston Studios.

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Standel Acoustic Guitar

Standel Acoustic Guitar

I’m not really in the market for anything, these days, which is nice. But every now and then an orphan will pop up that needs a home. This Standel acoustic guitar popped up on Craigslist the other day and I got it for 250 bucks.

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Grady Martin Content

Grady Martin Content

For years, there has been a debate in the rockabilly world: Who played guitar on the Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio recordings? This debate can go on for days among the guitar geeks of the modern era.

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Visit with Cecilia Meneau, Portland

Visit with Cecilia Meneau, Portland

Had a nice afternoon visit with the guys from the Phantom Surfers to visit Cecilia Meneau and her husband, Ryan. I met Cecilia back in the 1990s when she booked a European tour for the Untamed Youth. What an amazing place!

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Clovis, New Mexico

Clovis, New Mexico

Field trip before heading home: Roger Landes and I drove 100 miles up to Clovis, New Mexico, to take the tour of the Norman Petty Recording Studio, preserved in a state of 1954–64 originality for the last forty years.

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Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Just got into Lubbock and rehearsed with my rhythm section. Of course, being in Lubbock, I threw a couple of Buddy Holly songs into the set.

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Steve Soest Is in “Purge Mode”

Steve Soest Is in “Purge Mode”

My friend Steve Soest said he was in “purge mode,” clearing out some stuff at his house, and told me to come by and pick up some things he wanted to gift me.

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RIP Coolio

RIP Coolio

True story, my surf band the Untamed Youth opened up for Coolio once. Talk about a weird billing! It was for a college gig at the University of Missouri, sometime in the 1990s.

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Jimmie Widener’s Epiphone Emperor

Jimmie Widener’s Epiphone Emperor

I just got Jimmie Widener’s Epiphone Emperor back from being properly refretted by Ryan at L.A. Guitar Works. I’ve written about this guitar before, but I’ll tell the story again—this guitar has more history than you can believe.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival

I got stuck on a Creedence Clearwater Revival kick riding my bike today. I mean, CCR were before my time, and they were always THERE, you know? They still are; it seems like a CCR song is always in some commercial or movie.

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