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An Evening with Deke Dickerson


Reception & Extended Auction Preview



Skinner Boston Gallery
63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Please join us for a Musical Reception at the Skinner Boston gallery on Friday, November 4 featuring Deke Dickerson. This reception is held in conjunction with a preview of the November 5 Fine Musical Instruments auction, featuring Vintage Guitars & Memorabilia.

“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it,” claims journeyman musician/singer/entertainer Deke Dickerson. As usual, Dickerson interjects dry wit into a serious proclamation of his career intent: keeping America’s roots music alive while interjecting new creativity—a blood transfusion, if you will—into genres of music that flourished in decades previous.

Deke Dickerson has been carrying the torch since he was 13, playing in his first rockabilly band in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 22, Dickerson carved out a niche for himself in Tinseltown. In addition to playing in his primary band, Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, as well as several side projects, Dickerson has provided rootsy music for a slew of television shows and movie projects (including scoring the music for the cult favorite, Johnny Knoxville–produced The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia).

“This music isn’t a cartoon to me, or some weird retro thing to be laughed at,” states Dickerson. “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; it just hasn’t gotten its due yet. There has to be somebody out there waving the flag for this music. Wherever I go, anywhere on the planet, people love this music, yet it’s kept out of the mainstream media simply because it’s considered ‘old.’”

Dickerson’s new releases showcase his versatility as well as his desire to touch all bases in the roots music pantheon. In the last three years, he has released an album of vocal versions of surf instrumentals, Sing The Instrumental Favorites, with the popular current surf act Los Straitjackets. He has released an all-rockabilly album, Echosonic Eldorado, that sounds as if it could have come out of Sun Studios in Memphis circa 1956. He has released an album with the legendary surf group the Trashmen, of “Surfin’ Bird” fame, Bringing Back the Trash, that is every bit as wild and crazed as the Trashmen’s recordings from the early 1960s. And he traveled to Memphis to record an EP, Soul Meets Country, with blues/ R&B sensation Nikki Hill, backed by the Bo-Keys, an all-star group made up of legendary Memphis soul musicians and top-of-the-heap younger players. Such versatility has endeared Dickerson to fans and impressed music journalists as well.

Dickerson has also made a name for himself in other avenues. He has his own signature guitar, manufactured by the Hallmark Guitar Company of Maryland. He writes for several guitar magazines and has two books published by Voyageur Press, The Strat in the Attic and The Strat in the Attic 2. Two of Dickerson’s songs are used in the newest Disneyland ride, Cars Land, at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

Dickerson is well known as a historian of roots music and regularly contributes liner notes to reissue projects for such labels as Capitol, RCA, Bear Family, and Sundazed.

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Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Auction Features Vintage Guitars & Memorabilia, November 5

Waylon Jennings  Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 1953 (Lot 572, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Waylon Jennings Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 1953 (Lot 572, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Highlights include selections from the Estate of Little Jimmy Dickens, Waylon Jennings, The Ramones, and the Collection of Marty Stuart

BOSTON, MA Skinner, Inc. will present its second Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2016 on Saturday, November 5 at 12PM. The 570 lot auction will feature vintage and celebrity-owned guitars, banjos and mandolins, classical stringed instruments and bows, and the largest collection of music memorabilia on offer at Skinner to date.… Read More

Monumental Calendar Wall Clock Leads Skinner’s Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments Auction, October 28

Monumental Carved and Gilded Perpetual Calendar Wall Clock, Calendar Clock Company, Hartford, Connecticut, c. 1855 (Lot 718, Estimate: $25,000-45,000)

Monumental Carved and Gilded Perpetual Calendar Wall Clock, Calendar Clock Company, Hartford, Connecticut, c. 1855 (Lot 718, Estimate: $25,000-45,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc.’s upcoming auction of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments will be held in their Marlborough gallery on October 28 at 10AM. The auction includes timepieces from around the world, of all sizes and ages and materials, and in a dizzying array of forms.… Read More

Marlborough Gallery Walk


Timekeepers of the 17th Century


Department Director Robert C. Cheney will present a close-up look at the interesting selection of early timekeepers in the October 28 auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments.


Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA RSVP… Read More

South Florida Events & Consignment Days


Lunch and Learn – “The Pitfalls of Collecting Art 101”

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 12PM – 1:30PM

As Director of American & European Works of Art, Robin Starr heads one of Skinner’s most important specialty departments. In this key role she oversees a staff of specialists who appraise prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of Skinner clients, including arts and cultural institutions, estates, major collectors, and private individuals.… Read More

Skinner Presents Auction of Historic Arms & Militaria, October 27

Artillery Calipers, Anthony Lamb, New York, mid-18th century (Lot 325, Estimate: $8,000-10,000)

Artillery Calipers, Anthony Lamb, New York, mid-18th century (Lot 325, Estimate: $8,000-10,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on Thursday, October 27, at 10AM. The auction features over 300 lots of important militaria from the American Revolution through World War II, including artillery, swords, pistols, powder horns, uniforms, muskets, and rifles, highlighted by The Dr.Read More

Special Collection of Fine Sporting Arms Featured in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction, October 27

James Woodward & Sons Matched Pair of Sidelock Shotguns in an Oak and Leather Case, c. early 1880s (Lot 39, Estimate: $18,000-22,000)

James Woodward & Sons Matched Pair of Sidelock Shotguns in an Oak and Leather Case, c. early 1880s (Lot 39, Estimate: $18,000-22,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is proud to present The Dr. James Woodward Wallace Collection of Fine Sporting Arms. This special collection opens the Historic Arms & Militaria auction on Thursday, October 27 at 10AM.

A straight shot

This auction of Dr. James Woodward Wallace’s collection of fine sporting arms reflects the life-long passion of a remarkable man: physician, sportsman, car enthusiast, world traveler, gourmet, and wine and spirits connoisseur.… Read More

Unintended Playthings: Dollhouses Over Time

Six Room 'Mystery' Dollhouse, America, c. 1880 (Lot 19, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

Six Room ‘Mystery’ Dollhouse, America, c. 1880 (Lot 19, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

Dollhouses are among the most collected toys by both adults and children, as seen by their induction into the Strong National Museum of Play in 2011. With doll and dollhouse collecting communities throughout the world, as well as specialized dealers and auction houses, it’s no surprise that the best specimens of these playthings are still so sought after.… Read More

Important Collection of George Washington Material Leads Skinner’s Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction, October 30

Washington, George (1732-1799) Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton. New York: Published by John McClure at Goupils, [c. 1863] (Lot 5, Estimate: $500-700)

Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Letter Signed, Mount Vernon, 20 April 1773 (Lot 2, Estimate: $20,000-25,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s October 30 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction will feature one of the most notable collections of original signed George Washington material to be offered at auction in recent history. The material is diverse, and highlights Washington’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and maintaining Mount Vernon, important moments during the Revolutionary War, and the first Presidency.… Read More

Skinner to Offer First Online-only Auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets,
October 13 – 21

Pillar Carpet, Western China, early 19th century (Lot 92, Estimate: $1,500-2,000)

Pillar Carpet, Western China, early 19th century (Lot 92, Estimate: $1,500-2,000)

BOSTON, MA – This fall Skinner is excited to offer its first online-only auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets. Opening on October 13 and running through October 21, the auction will feature over 400 lots of antique rugs, carpets, and textiles from the Caucasus region, Persia, Anatolia, India, Central Asia, and China.

A private collection of antique rugs leads the auction.… Read More

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