Thursday Pick: Deke Dickerson

He's king of the whole wide world ... at least the guitar-playing world

Born in Missouri, Rockabilly/Roots hero Deke Dickerson started out playing in a Surf band in his teens, and that sound is still evident in some of his music. But he's since become a darling of the Roots music movement.

In the early ’90s Dickerson moved to L.A. and formed a popular “Hillbilly” duo. By the end of the decade, he made the decision to go solo and began to draw a larger following, thanks in large part to his masterful, trademark guitar playing — which blends Surf, Country, Rockabilly and Jazz techniques — and his charmingly authentic take on classic Country and Rockabilly.

Dickerson’s understanding of music and musical history is evident in his other careers, too — he writes liner notes and music pieces for various publications, does soundtrack work and has produced albums for a wide range of artists.

His latest album is the acclaimed King of the Whole Wide World, which featured a bevy of top-shelf Country players. His current tour teams him with The Modern Sounds, a popular Hot Jazz/Western Swing group from Chicago.


DEKE DICKERSON plays the MidPoint Music Festival at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Southgate House Ballroom. Tickets are $8 advance and $10 at the door; MPMF three-day wristband holders get in for free. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get MPMF details here.

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