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The Melody

by Deke Dickerson

American Roots Music--Rockabilly, Country, vintage rock & roll
Genre: Rock: Rockabilly
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Broken Heart
2:14 $0.99
2. Good Time Gal
2:31 $0.99
3. Right or Wrong
2:18 $0.99
4. Looks Like I'm in Trouble Again
2:42 $0.99
5. As Long As I Live
2:26 $0.99
6. Safely in Love
2:09 $0.99
7. Love Is Like a Song
3:40 $0.99
8. Someone Used to Love Me
2:09 $0.99
9. Mister Cheater
2:48 $0.99
10. Waitin' On My Baby
2:45 $0.99
11. Give Me All Your Love
1:43 $0.99
12. Tell Me How
1:58 $0.99
13. Double Naught Spy
2:38 $0.99
14. Lookin' for Money
3:32 $0.99
15. I Never Cared for You
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
No matter which way you look at it, Deke Dickerson is cut from a rare musical cloth. Guitarist, vocalist, producer, bandleader, recording engineer, independent record label owner, musical archeologist and rock 'n' roll fanatic are just a few of the hats he wears, and he seemingly tosses more onto the rack on a daily basis. To the uninitiated, attending one of his shows or buying one of his albums is like spinning a musical roulette wheel in a casino where everybody wins and the prizes are the 20th century's greatest forms of American musical expression. His band the Ecco-Fonics might include a steel guitar, a saxophone, a fiddle or a piano player, or it might just consist of Deke, his doubleneck guitar and a rhythm section. Chances are he'll thrash and twang like Link Wray, finger pick like Merle Travis, go for broke with the speed and dexterity of Joe Maphis or Larry Collins or head for outer space like Les Paul all in one set, while his rock solid rhythm and electrified energy keep the dance floor filled at all times.

His set list might consist of the Easybeats' Aussie garage stomper "She So Fine," Hollywood honky-tonker Skeets McDonald's "Don't Push Me Too Far," Donald Jenkins' '60s Chi-Town soul gem "Wang Dang Dula," the Coasters' "The Hatchet Man" or the Treniers' X-rated R&B opus "Poon-Tang." You might hear the best version of "White Lightnin'" this side of George Jones or the most slamming rendition of "Mexicali Rose" this side of Jerry Lee Lewis, Grandpa Jones' rock 'n' roll heartbreaker "Hello Blues," Ernie Chaffin's Johnny Cash-esque "Feelin' Low," an undeservedly obscure Elvis song like "Adam and Evil" and once in a while, even a rare dose of Joan Jett or Van Halen.

But no matter which page of the great American songbook Deke's raiding at the moment, you can be sure that you'll also get a heavy dose of some of the finest songwriting to come along in years, that being his own. Calling him a singer-songwriter would be a misnomer -- simply because the term brings to mind the likes of Neil Young rather than Buddy Holly -- but when you get right down to it, Dickerson's song craft, like his technical ability, is on the same level as those from whom he draws his inspiration.

Dickerson grew up in the small town of Columbia, Missouri, where he formed the legendary garage-surf band the Untamed Youth when he was still in high school. After three albums on Norton Records, the Youth headed for the bright lights of California, only to break up approximately two weeks before the film Pulp Fiction popularized the exact genre of music that they'd been expertly purveying for years. Never one to look back, Deke was already knee deep in his next project the Dave and Deke combo, a group that combined the hillbilly harmonies of the Delmore Brothers with the rockin' country swing sound that infused the West Coast during the '50s.

Dickerson unveiled the Ecco-Fonics on New Year's Eve of 1997, bringing together all of the styles that he'd mastered with both of his previous bands and seemingly throwing in more with every new record.



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Fred Turgis - Jumpin' from 6 to 6

A simple concept : quality
Here’s the new record from this very prolific and multi talented guy. Deke has now a bunch of records behind his belt but this is really the first to give me that feeling : a real album (you see, in the 60’s meaning of the term) more than a collection of singles. It doesn’t mean all the songs sound the same. Deke is too talented to stick on one style. So you’ll find some rockabilly (The moonlighters’s Broken heart, Buddy Holly’s Tell me How), country music with Good Time Gal and Willie Nelson’s I never cared for you a great instrumental that could be the original score for a B-movie. You also find a lot of Roy orbison inspiration behind songs like Mister Cheater and Safely in Love. And this shows what a good singer Deke is. We all know he’s a great guitar player, but now he seems to do what he wants with his voice. In the liner notes you can read «This album is a concept album». Sure, but Deke always makes concept album, and the concept is always the same : quality.

Jerry Engler

Reviewer: Jerry Engler
Deke, Deke, Deke I love the versatility of your Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country and a little Buddy Holly as well. Your pickin’ is right in the groove. Some of your Country songs should be covered by other artists if you wrote them. I read about you in Vintage Guitar and love the articles and the stories about your guitar festivals. Keep on Rockin’ kiddo. Deke please check out my cdbaby site, it’s
I hope somewhere along the line we’ll run into each other and do some R’R.
Jerry Engler

William E. Bowen

Not only is Deke a great musician, But you'll always hear great musicians backin
If Buddy Holly ever smiled when somebody cut a song of his, He had to be grinning from ear to ear up there when he heard Deke cut "Tell Me How" NOBODY has ever done a better job on a Buddy Holly song than this! But then Deke never dissapoints you with anything he cuts. This CD is right up there with his best!

Carl M. Nielsen

Man on a Mission
To read the notes on the cover, is like reading something from my own heart. Dickerson is telling about the disapearence of the melody, and that he wants to bring it back. If I were a musician, that would also be what I wanted to do. So this is a little like finding a kindred spirit. And the music? - Yes, no doubt: this is songs, real songs in its thrue sense. Not just licks and phrases, but SONGS! - I am not a musician, but here is a musician doing ecsactly what I would do if I were. Deke has completed my misssion. I am thankfull!