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Deke Dickerson
Date of Publication -02 January 2009
Submitted by: dutch
Copyrights: Deke Dickerson
Category: Modern Artists
Country: U.S.A
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Deke Dickerson is one of America’s musical treasures. As an entertainer and musician, he has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music, headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. As a writer and music historian, he is well known for his regular column in Guitar Player magazine and recently authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar, as unique in its design as its namesake. As a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, Deke has recorded songs that have been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows, and radio programs, from the Oscar-winning movie Sideways to HBO’s documentary Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana and the hugely popular XM satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan. For this last, Deke not only contributed background guitar music but was also interviewed and quoted by Bob Dylan.

Deke’s latest project is his new studio album, King of the Whole Wide World. Like his previous albums it’s a musical journey through the twisted roots of Americana, but this time the roots go deeper and further than ever before.


Deke formed Untamed Youth at age 17 in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri: the legendary surf-garage band that has released a total of eight full-length albums. In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles and joined Dave Stuckey to form the Dave & Deke Combo, a partnership that yielded two albums and a much-touted 2005 reunion at major rockabilly festivals. Embarking on a solo career in 1997, Deke was immediately signed to HighTone Records and released three albums for the label, touring nationally as a solo act and as an opening band for Cake, Mike Ness, and the Reverend Horton Heat (who has written on his website: "Deke Dickerson is the best rockabilly guitarist in the world!").

In recent years Deke has also toured nationally as lead singer for the legendary instrumental band Los Straitjackets and with the great western guitar-and-steel-guitar duo Biller & Wakefield. He has toured as a stripped-down rockin' three-piece band and as a swingin' rhythm and blues fivesome with saxophones and piano. On his many recordings, he has had guests as diverse as the doo-wop group the Calvanes and punk guitar legend Billy Zoom.

Playing an average of 225 shows every year throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia, Deke spends his rare moments at home with recording projects (he owns his own label, Ecco-Fonic Records) and writing articles and liner notes for music magazines and CD box set reissues

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King Of The Whole Wide World(2008)
Major Label (Hep400)
This album was made with a help of some friends like Chris "Sugarballs" Sprague, Carl Sonny Leyland, and "Crazy" Joe Tritschler.

Deke Down Under(2006)
The songs ("My Baby Don't Love Me Anymore," "Cut Loose," "Eefin' Rock," and "Hey Worm") were recorded on Deke's last tour of Australia at the legendary Preston Studios in Melbourne. Produced by legendary Australian producer Graeme Thomas and backed by his Australian touring band!
Major Label
The vinyl edition contains ALL the songs from the CD PLUS one bonus cut, a great instrumental called "Nokie's Lullaby". The LP version is a limited edition of three hundred copies printed in Finland!
My Name Is Deke(2004)
Hightone Records
Here it is a "Deke Dickerson's Greatest Hits" package, the best tracks from his years with HighTone Records.
In 3-Dimensions!(2003)
Major Label Records
Presented in three sections: "rock 'n' roll," "rockabilly," and "hillbilly." The first section is a rocking rhythm and blues revue featuring the fabulous Carl Sonny Leyland, former Ecco-Fonic sax man Ron Dziubla, Los Straitjackets bass man Pete Curry, and legendary New Orleans session drummer Earl Palmer.
Mr. Entertainment!(2003)
Rock & Roll Inc.
Deke's very own rarities compilation! 24 tracks, including outtakes, unreleased songs, demos, live recordings, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, country, surf...
Rhythm, Rhyme & Truth(2000)
More Million Sellers(1999)
Hightone Records
Number One Hit Record(1998)

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