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Rockabilly Bassist “Slick” Joe Fick

Interview by Shane Vahle

If you’ve spent any time on Memphis’ famed Beale St. in the past few years, chances are likely that you’ve seen or at least heard of one of Bluff City’s best known and most entertaining bands; a “high octane” Rockabilly trio known as The Dempseys, made up of Joe Fick (Upright Bass) Brad Birkedahl (Guitar) and Ron Perrone (Drums). In addition to being stellar musicians individually, the group delivered hours of awe-inspiring performances that included countless variations of instrument swapping and effortless instrumental gymnastics that had to been seen to be appreciated.

With accolades like: “They make me tired just watching them” (W.S. Holland – drummer for Johnny Cash) and “I swear to God, The Dempseys are the greatest I’ve ever heard!”

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  1. Thanks for posting this article on Joe and band. They are super guys to know and work with.

  2. Saw these guys at a NAMM show in Nashville and they were absolutely fab! Love the energy and fresh take on performing. So sad they broke up.

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