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Classic Album Review: Deke Dickerson | Rhythm Rhyme & Truth

The California retro-guitar slinger slaps you back to Sun Studio circa 1957.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Funny how things go in cycles. A few years ago, rockabilly and country swing were big and nobody cared about bluegrass. Now everybody’s learning Appalachian murder ballads and nobody remembers Johnny Burnette and Bob Wills.

Nobody except Deke Dickerson, it seems. This Missouri-born, California-based hepcat with the double-neck geetar is a blast of slapback echo straight from Sun Studio circa 1957. His third solo disc remembers those bygone days in a variety of ways: Will You Be Mine tries on Carl Perkins’ blue suede shoes for size; Beat Out My Love splits the difference between Jerry Lee Lewis’s Breathless and Eddie Cochran’s C’Mon Everybody; If I Go To Heaven Give Me a Brunette and C-A Boogie have the shimmering steel guitars and zippy pomaded bounce of the Texas Playboys. Part Blasters, part Stray Cats and part Commander Cody with a touch of Hank Sr.’s lonesome twang, Dickerson sometimes seems unable to escape his influences and find his own sound. Then again, why would he want to?