Tuesday, April 17, 2012
So, I know it’s been forever since I’ve written. Pesky little things like writing a dissertation and starting a new job at Texas A&M University got in the way for a bit. But what better way to pick up again than to write about two of the biggest highlights of every year for any rockabilly fan: Viva Las Vegas and the Lonestar Hot Rod and Kustom Round Up in Austin.
Sorry, burlesque fans, I hate to disagree with you, but my favorite part of Viva Las Vegas every year is Deke Dickerson’s Guitar Geek Show, the shortened 90-minute version of the weekend-long festival he puts on every year in Anaheim during NAMM. I’m always impressed by the showcase of legendary musicians from decades past as well as up-and-coming new talent. The musicians who support the surprise guests aren’t anything to scoff at either. One of the most humble guys I’ve ever met, Deke seems to have no idea what a badass he is. An avid collector and multi-instrumentalist, he can jump right into any song or style on guitar, bass, or drums. Filling in on drums for most of the set was Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague who has a huge Viva fanbase, and it’s not just because it’s dorkily fun to cheer him on by yelling “Sugarballs” at the top of your lungs. At one point, two members of the audience held him upside-down by his feet while he wowed us with this guitar virtuosity even while the blood flowed to head.Continue reading on Examiner.com to find out about the surprise guests: Guitar Geek Showcase at Viva Las Vegas 2012 - Los Angeles Rockabilly/Psychobilly | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/rockabilly-psychobilly-in-los-angeles/guitar-geek-showcase-at-viva-las-vegas-2012-review#ixzz1sMLlvyMO