Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

RIP Richie Podolor

RIP Richie Podolor

Sad to report another legend gone. Although you may have never heard of Richie Podolor, you’ve definitely HEARD Richie Podolor. What a history this guy had!

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I would like to celebrate all the women out there, and specifically all the women in my life who have made a positive impact.

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EMT Plate Reverbs

EMT Plate Reverbs

Dammit, a pair of EMT plate reverbs followed me home. I thought I was done with “boat anchors,” but I guess I’m not.

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4 Days with Deke: A Video

4 Days with Deke: A Video

Here’s a fun 12-minute video from last weekend that Beard-O-Fonics drummer Matt Spaugh put together. That was sure fun, let’s do it again soon!

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Piano Red’s Grave in Atlanta

Piano Red’s Grave in Atlanta

I finally went and found Piano Red’s grave in Atlanta! I’ve been wanting to do this for years. This guy—what a history. He’s one of the greatest musicians and entertainers this country has ever produced, and so few people know about him.

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Atlanta’s Clermont Hotel

Atlanta’s Clermont Hotel

It’s weird to me that I’ve lived long enough to see the Clermont Hotel go from being one of the most terrifying cracked-out homeless hotels to its current incarnation as a fancy boutique hotel.

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Florida Free Day

Florida Free Day

Today I engaged in my favorite activities: avoiding responsibility and taking the least-traveled roads I could find. Multiple hours were spent driving rural two-lane Florida roads, looking for weird old places, historic landmarks, and other things that have survived the decades.

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RIP Sandy Nelson

RIP Sandy Nelson

Sandy Nelson was part of the first wave of 1950s Hollywood session musicians. In addition to many of the hits he played on (uncredited), he also had two big hits under his own name: “Teen Beat” in 1959 and “Let There Be Drums” in 1961. What magnificent records they were!

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RIP Howard Grimes

RIP Howard Grimes

Sad to hear the news that legendary Memphis drummer Howard Grimes has passed. What a resume this guy had!

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