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Dixie Dregs


DIXIE DREGS Original Lineup Together After 40 Years

Critically acclaimed and six-time GRAMMY Award nominated musical virtuosos, THE DIXIE DREGS (a.k.a The Dregs), are gearing up for a national U.S. tour starting February 28. The performances will mark the first time in 40 years the original band--Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin), Steve Davidowski (keyboards) and Rod Morgenstein (drums)--will share the stage. Tickets are on sale now.
The "DAWN OF THE DREGS" 25-date tour--with additional dates to be announced soon--will take the band across the country starting on February 28 in Clearwater, FL and make stops in Atlanta, Charleston, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boulder and Phoenix, among many others,before wrapping April 25 in Dallas, TX. For more information about the "DAWN OF THE DREGS" tour and to purchase tickets, visit:
"This tour is the result of the overwhelming requests we've received from a loyal audience of diehard Dregheads, and new fans who have never seen us perform live, but discovered the band for the first time through Steve's membership in Deep Purple, or Rod as the drummer for Winger," said Dreg's bassist, Andy West. "We can't wait to playfor them all," adds West.
For guitar aficionados, Steve Morse needs no introduction, and his place in the pantheon of guitar greats is certain. But in fact, his career started with the DIXIE DREGS. The band traces its true beginnings to the band Dixie Grit, which started in a Georgia high school with Steve on guitar and Andy West on bass. Dixie Grit morphed into the DIXIE DREGS at the University of Miami School of Music, where Allen Sloan (violin) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) joined up with Steve and Andy, who were the "dregs" of Dixie Grit.
The members of the DIXIE DREGS remained committed to attending the University of Miami School of Music, which hosted a lively and talented musical community during their tenure, including future greats Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, T Lavitz, and Bruce Hornsby, among manyothers. In 1975, the group's demo album, The Great Spectacular, was recorded at the University of Miami and then re-released on CD in 1997.
After graduation, the band moved back to Augusta where Steve Davidowski (keyboards) completed the band. The band paid its dues and honed its skills playing in bars and venues throughout the South in the mid-70's. They established themselves in the firmament of American instrumental music, seamlessly fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that has stood the test of time.
Based on a short demo and a tip from former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell along with legendary Allman/Dregs tour manager Twiggs Lyndon, Capricorn Records signed the DIXIE DREGS to record Free Fall (1977). The success and critical acclaim of Free Fall announced the DIXIE DREGS to the world, and after its release, they would become a cult-favorite band that would have a lasting influence on much of modern rock.
Catch DIXIE DREGS on the road in the following cities with more to be announced:
DATE                         CITY                                       VENUE
Wed    2/28                Clearwater, FL                      Capitol Theatre
Thu     3/1                   Ponte Vedra Beach, FL      Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Fri       3/2                   Augusta, GA                         Bell Auditorium
Sat      3/3                   Atlanta, GA                            Center Stage
Mon    3/5                   Charleston, SC                    Charleston Music Hall
Tue     3/6                   Durham, NC                         Carolina Theater
Wed    3/7                   Washington, DC                  Lincoln Theater
Thu     3/8                   Wilmington, DE                    The Grand Opera House
Fri       3/9                   Collingswood, NJ                Scottish Rite Auditorium
Sat      3/10                Newton, NJ                           Newton Theater
Wed    3/14                Ridgefield, CT                      Ridgefield Playhouse
Thu     3/15                Huntington, NY                    The Paramount
Fri       3/16                New York, NY                       Town Hall
Sat      3/17                Woodstock, NY                     Bearsville Theater
Mon    3/19                Boston, MA                           Wilbur Theater
Wed    3/21                Albany, NY                            The Egg
Thu     3/22                Pittsburgh, PA                      Carnegie Music Hall
Fri       3/23                Cleveland, OH                      Kent Stage
Sat      3/24                Chicago, IL                            The Vic Theater
Wed    4/11                Milwaukee, WI                      Pabst Theater
Sat      4/14                Boulder, CO                          Boulder Theatre
Fri       4/20                San Juan Capistrano, CA  The Coach House
Sat      4/21                Agoura Hills, CA                  The Canyon Club
Sun    4/22                Phoenix, AZ                          Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Wed    4/25                Dallas, TX                              House of Blues
For more information on THE DIXIE DREGS, visit:

STEVE MORSE Talks New Deep Purple, News Flying Colors DVD and more...

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Steve Morse, legendary guitarist for Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band and now Flying Colors, took time out of his schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitars, his signature Engl E656 amplifier, the new Flying Colors DVD and plans for a new Deep Purple album scheduled for 2016.

Assembling various parts from different guitars, Morse told the guys about his attempts at crating his own version of a signature model until Sterling Ball, owner of Ernie Ball/Music Man asked him to design a guitar for his company. After trial and error the Steve Morse signature guitar was born. "As an arranger and a writer myself, I said guitars can do so much more, lets try to give it as much breath as possible". The result was one of the most versatile guitars on the market and it's brother the Ernie Ball Music Man SM-Y2D.

Flying Colors, Morse's latest project alongside bassist Dave Larue (Dixie Dregs, Steve  Morse Band), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) on keyboards/vocals, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) on drums and singer/songwriter Casey
McPherson handling vocals and rhythm guitar, will release their new DVD 'Second Flight: Live at the Z7' on Blu-ray, DVD, CD or LP formats. Available November 13 via Music Theories Recordings, it's the groups 2nd concert release celebrating
their two stellar studio albums. The idea behind Flying Colors, combining virtuoso musicians with a pop singer, has served the group well as 'Second Flight: Live at the Z7' demonstrates.

Morse states that writing has already begun for the new, as yet untitled, Deep Purple album. Currently in the writing stage, recording is scheduled to start about the middle of January. Capitalising on the commercial & critical success of 2013's "Now What?!" album, legendary producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) will once again sit in the producer's chair.

For the full interview visit The GuitCast is a weekly podcast bringing you the latest news & gear reviews related to the guitar world along with interviews with the biggest names in guitar.

Direct Link to podcast: Episode 37: Steve Morse of Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Flying Colors; Fender Amps, Axes & Anchors

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