“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it,” claims journeyman musician/singer/entertainer Deke Dickerson. As usual, Dickerson interjects dry wit into a serious proclamation of his career intent: keeping America’s roots music alive while interjecting new creativity into genres of music that flourished in decades previous.
Deke Dickerson is 47 years old and has been carrying the torch since he was 13. In addition to playing in his primary band, Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, as well as several side projects, Dickerson has provided rootsy music for a slew of television shows and movie projects.
In the last three years, he has released an album of vocal versions of surf instrumentals, Sing The Instrumental Favorites, with the popular current surf act Los Straitjackets. He has released an all-rockabilly album, Echosonic Eldorado. He traveled to Memphis to record an EP, Soul Meets Country, with blues/R&B sensation Nikki Hill, backed by the Bo-Keys, an all-star group made up of legendary Memphis soul musicians and top-of-the-heap younger players.
Dickerson has also made a name for himself in other avenues. He writes for several guitar magazines and has two books published by Voyageur Press, The Strat in the Attic and The Strat in the Attic 2.