Rhythm, Rhyme & Truth

Rhythm, Rhyme & Truth

by Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics



As is his wont, Dickerson tramples through a few 1950s and early '60s styles on his third album. Rockabilly is his most frequent stopover, but there are also country swing, honky tonk balladry, and doo wop. It would be hard for any knowledgeable roots music fan not to reel off the obvious points of reference for various tracks. "Will You Be Mine" is a very credible approximation of the classic Sun rockabilly sound, bringing to mind, say, Carl Perkins on "Dixie Fried," while on the piano romper "Beat Out My Love" he's real close to Sun-era Jerry Lee Lewis, and on "Have Blues Will Travel" he's pretty close to the early Sun aura of Johnny Cash. And that's just the first three tracks. This could be a problem for some listeners, even some intense roots rock fans. You will often find yourself saying that Dickerson sounds like Lewis, Cash, or, as the case may vary, a higher-voiced Tex Williams, or Larry Collins and Joe Maphis on the instrumental "Speedin' on Keystone," or (on "Wang Dang Dula") any number of early silly novelty rock & rollers. You will, however, probably never find yourself saying, "That sounds like Deke Dickerson!" He pulls this off better than most revivalists because he's got an unforced, likable vocal delivery, because he's a good guitarist, because he really can get the Sun sound down to a T, and because he really is damned versatile.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928301329
catalogNumber: 3013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics   Primary Artist
Bobby Horton   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Don Bonebrake   Vibes
Carl Leyland   Piano
Deke Dickerson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Herman Pruitt   Vocals
Mark Neill   Bass
Jeremy Wakefield   Pedal Steel Guitar
Fred Willis   Vocals
Jimmy Corbitt   Vocals
Brent Harding   Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Craig Packham   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums

Technical Credits

Lee Dresser   Composer
Dave Doyle   Engineer
Deke Dickerson   Composer,Liner Notes
Johnny Bartlett   Cover Design
Mark Neill   Producer,Engineer
Krazy Kats   Composer

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