Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

RIP Charles Music in Glendale

RIP Charles Music in Glendale

Charles Music is going out of business, after many decades. Sad to see this place go, sad to see any music store go out of business. I also see right down the street the classic old “Virgil’s Hardware Home Center” just went out of business, as well.

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All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

These photos just surfaced of a benefit for Charlie Feathers with a lineup that still seems impossible. And I was there! Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, the Sun Rhythm Section (featuring Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, D.J. Fontana, Smoochy Smith, Marcus Van Story, and Stan Kesler), Mack Vickery, Barbara Pittman, Tex Rubinowitz, Dave Travis, Bubba Feathers, and Charlie Feathers hisself!

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The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

Pulled this sucker out to play rhythm guitar with Kyle Eldridge this weekend. I sort of forget what a darn good amp this one is. It’s an odd one, even if you’re all versed up on tube Standel amplifiers.

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Junior Barnard’s and Jimmie Widener’s Epiphone Emperors

Junior Barnard’s and Jimmie Widener’s Epiphone Emperors

I never get to do rhythm guitar gigs, so of course I started thinking about what guitar to bring to the Western Swingout in Tehachapi. Then I realized this would be a perfect opportunity to take out my two original Bob Wills guitars. I never take them out to shows, but this seemed like a good excuse.

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Deke’s Johnny Depp Story

Deke’s Johnny Depp Story

I know that people only care about celebrity stories these days, so here’s my Johnny Depp story. Boy, it’s underwhelming! But I’m not making it up.

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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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