A native of Columbia, MO, Deke Dickerson was born June 3, 1968. Growing up on a farm gave him an interesting slant on life and certainly contributed to his love of all things retro. By age 13, Dickerson's musical abilities began to show themselves. Playing in bands around his home town allowed the budding prodigy to nurture his growing talent. At 17, he and some friends from high school formed their own band, Untamed Youth, a garage band that favored surf guitar licks. During the course of time Untamed Youth was together, they operated as a national touring act and released four indie recordings while gaining a strong reputation in the Midwest. But Dickerson wanted more and moved to the West Coast in 1991. He soon became entrenched in the L.A. roots and rockabilly scene and eventually hooked up with the equally talented Dave Stuckey, another Midwesterner who had transplanted his talent to the West Coast. Together they formed one of the premier hillbilly duos to come out of Los Angeles and released two projects, the second being the highly acclaimed CD, Hollywood Barn Dance.