Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke
Here’s a silly story for the guitar geeks.
Big Jerry Douthett was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met…just a force of nature. Sometimes, when you were hanging out with him, you’d swear that you were hanging out with the reincarnation of John Candy.
Most of country music’s great artists are glorified one-trick ponies, making album after album of same-sounding material. The recorded output of Merle Haggard proves that this was never the case for him.
Bob Dylan turned 80 today. Happy Birthday, Bob! Here’s a list of my strange non-events featuring Bob Dylan, for your amusement and my own self-deprecation.
Bonnie Owens will forever go down in history as the woman who was married to both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. But it is also true that as a solo performer she recorded an impressive body of work.
Roger Miller was the most unlikely of country music superstars. Although he led the sort of extreme wild-man existence that no grandmother could ever comprehend, he somehow was able to charm the pants off the entire nation with his immense wit and original song style.
One thing can’t be denied: the guitar is the vital heartbeat of the music. The music known as rockabilly would never have its spark without the youthful energy of the teenage singer; but it wouldn’t have its foundation or power without the lead guitar man behind him.
They were loved by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley; it would be hard to come up with a musical group more influential than the Maddox Brothers and Rose in the bawdy birthing of rock and roll music in the 1950s.
The great Al Schmitt has passed away at the age of 91. He was quite possibly the most famous and respected recording engineer of all time. I made up an excuse to interview Al a few years ago for a recording magazine.
Rock and roll was mostly the property of the southern states in the 1950s. It makes sense, however, that the city of Detroit spawned a real, honest-to-goodness rock and roll legend, Mr. Jack Scott.