As usual, Deke adds dry wit to a serious proclamation of his career intent: keeping America’s roots music alive while interjecting new creativity into genres of music that flourished in past decades. Such efforts have rewarded him with the Ameripolitan “Musician of the Year” award, among other accolades.
“This is the great music of the American 20th-century experience: rock and roll, rockabilly, western swing, rhythm and blues, surf music, garage and punk. It’s every bit as vital and important as jazz or classical. There has to be somebody out there waving the flag for this music.”