Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke
I had a super fun day “Cavortin’ in Davenport” today. What a cool little Mississippi River town!
First we talked about the impossibly rare 1963 Guild Merle Travis model. He got it out and talked about his journey to find it and have it restored to an incredible level of museum quality. As Rick put it, “MAXIMUM ORNAMENTATION!”
I spent pretty much all day today sorting a large group of ancient music magazines from the early 1900s through the 1930s. This stuff is really out of my wheelhouse and my field of interest, but even so, I found it riveting.
Then, right on cue, like something out of a movie, I heard a big noise to my right, and 200 feet away I saw Johnny Ramone coming down the aisle with a bodyguard and about fifteen fans following him.
Bob Moore played bass on so many records, you can’t even really wrap your head around It. He’s the bass player you will hear pretty much every single day of your life, drifting in and out of restaurants, gas stations, bars, or just flipping through your radio dial.
I was lucky enough to spend time and play music with Don Maddox a bunch of times. Every time was a grand experience that I wouldn’t trade for any amount of money. Don Maddox was hillbilly royalty.
I was gutted to learn of the death of my good friend Jyrki “J.J.” Juvonen this morning. He was the cornerstone of almost all of the great Swedish rockabilly and rock and roll bands of the last thirty years.
Since I haven’t done a video in a while, I thought I would make a tribute video to the Everly Brothers featuring three of their songs from three different eras of their careers.
Roy Gaines, the last of the original Texas/California great electric blues guitarists, passed away last week. RIP, Mr. Gaines. All of us vintage weirdos will blast “Skippy Is a Sissy” tonight in your honor.
Of all the country music stars from the 1950s and 1960s, none has faded from public consciousness more than the great Carl Smith, even though he possessed a fine voice, rugged good looks, and a string of huge hits under his belt—not to mention his induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame. This compilation seeks to rectify that situation.