Deke Dickerson is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, film composer, writer, and record producer.
Dickerson 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 feature articles in Vintage Guitar magazine and The Fretboard Journal.
Dickerson also writes liner notes for CD reissues, notably he has authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2008 Merle Haggard box sets, for which Dickerson was honored by the 2009 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar.
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, most recently recording the score to the Tribeca Documentary film The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia. Dickerson has also had songs placed in such films and television shows as the 2010 box office smash Jackass 3-D to the Oscar-winning movie Sideways, 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 recently recorded a theme song for car customizing icon George Barris, creator of the Batmobile and the Munster Koach. Deke's song, 'George Barris--The King Of The Kustomizers' is used by George at personal appearances and is set to be released on a George Barris musical tribute album.
Deke is also well-known in the guitar world for his annual "Guitar Geek Festival" held in Anaheim, California, every January. Beginning as a tiny showcase for friends in 2004, the festival has grown into what has been dubbed the world's greatest guitar festival. With an accent on roots music--surf, country, rockabilly, blues, and other Americana-based musical genres, Deke's Guitar Geek Festival has hosted such guitar legends as Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, Buddy Holly's Crickets, Junior Brown, the Trashmen, Davie Allan, the Collins Kids, and Los Straitjackets, as well as many unknown legends and up-and-comers. The Guitar Geek Festival is immortalized on a yearly DVD release that has been named by Guitar Player Magazine in their "50 Greatest Guitar DVD's of all time" issue.
Deke’s latest music release is a new live album, Live At Duff's. The album was recorded at the popular local venue in Portland, Oregon, with Joel Paterson and The Modern Sounds from Chicago backing Deke up on the disc. The CD was released in 2010 and a vinyl pressing with unreleased bonus tracks is slated for release in 2011.
Live At Duff's once again proves why Deke Dickerson could be called the Renaissance man of roots music. Rising above the numerous revivalists and cartoonlike retro bands on today’s scene, he has forged something new, exciting, and original, utilizing all the great American musical styles of the last century to take his musical journey forward, not backward.
2011 will find Deke on the road promoting Live At Duff's and recording a new studio album for release later in the year. Tours across the United States will be supplemented with trips abroad to play festivals in Europe.