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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 lengthy essay projects for Bear Family Records’ 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Dickerson 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, Dickerson 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). Dickerson’s latest project is his new studio album, King of the Whole Wide World. Like his previous albums, it is a musical journey through the twisted roots of Americana, but this time the roots go deeper and further than ever before.
Mr. Dickerson . . . is a showman extraordinaire.
—New York Times