Once in a lifetime someone comes along who doesn’t fit any kind of mold. They are true self-starters who go against the grain and are relentless when the impossible needs to be done. One such person is a salt-water cowboy I’ve known for twenty-plus years named Arnie Deckwa. You may have heard the song that says “I did it my way”—well, that song could have easily been written especially for this wrangler who has been my best friend for the better part of my musical career. Deckwa—that’s what his friends call him—rode into Music City U. S.A. with a dream of making it big as a singer/songwriter, and after ten years left town with a much bigger dream that has become a national reality. He’s a larger-than-life character who lives every minute of every day like it was his last. I have worked with and around many recording artists and stars in my thirty years in the music industry, including Garth Brooks, Anne Murray, Trisha Yearwood, Isaac Hayes, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and many more. But I have never, I repeat never, met anyone who has the personality, drive and desire that this Whidbey Island entrepreneur cowboy possesses. The Singin’ Salmon Man from Cornet Bay is a wonderful read that keeps you captivated every second with true stories that seem to parallel the lives of Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. It’s an amazing and inspirational account of what someone can do when they won’t let anything stand in the way of making their dream come true. For anyone who doesn’t know what songs and salmon have in common, this book will truly be an eye-opener. It’s great, it’s entertaining, it’s funny and most of all it’s PURE DECKWA.
The book tells the story of a true American Original.
Arnie Deckwa is "The first and only cowboy ever to ride into the history of Nashville's country music on smoked salmon."
Foreward by Tom Long
Former membership director of ASCAP
VP of Anne Murray's publishing company
President of That-A-Fly Music, Nashville, TN