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Dixie Dregs

One of the top jazz-rock fusion ensembles ever, the Dixie Dregs combined virtuoso technique with eclecticism and a sense of humor and spirit too frequently lacking in similar projects. Guitarist Steve Morse and bassist Andy West played together as high-school students in Augusta, GA, in a conventional rock band called Dixie Grit. When Morse was expelled from school for refusing to cut his hair, he enrolled at the University of Miami School of Music, where he met violinist Allen Sloan, who had played with the Miami Philharmonic, and drummer Rod Morgenstein. The three decided to form a band, and Morse convinced West to come to Miami and join. The Dixie Dregs completed their lineup with keyboardist Steve Davidowski. Their first album, The Great Spectacular, was recorded for a class project in 1975 and later released by the band (it is long out of print). Following graduation, the quintet began playing live around the South and got its break after opening for Sea Level on 1976, when a representative from Capricorn Records was impressed enough to sign the band. Mark Parrish, a former member of Dixie Grit, replaced Davidowski for their official debut, 1977's Free Fall.

Their follow-up, What If, proved to be one of their most artistically successful albums, and the Dixie Dregs played at the 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival with T Lavitz replacing Parrish. Half of Night of the Living Dregs contains excerpts from that concert. The group shortened its name to the Dregs for 1981's Unsung Heroes, and added both vocalists and three-time national fiddling champ Mark O'Connor, whose old-timey playing style added another dimension to the group's sound, for Industry Standard. The Dregs then disbanded; the highly respected Morse formed his own band and recorded several albums, later joining Kansas from 1986 to 1988, while Morgenstein hooked up with pop-metallists Winger.

The Dregs reunited briefly in 1988 for a series of live dates, but a full-fledged reunion didn't take place until 1992, with Morse, Lavitz, Morgenstein, and Dave LaRue of the Steve Morse Band in West's place. Allen Sloan rejoined only briefly, with his position then filled by ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra member Jerry Goodman. Bring 'Em Back Alive was culled from the group's tour, and 1994's Full Circle was also well received. California Screamin' followed in early 2000. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography


Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of The Dixie Dregs

1. Free Fall

2. Refried Funky Chicken

3. Cosmopolitan Traveller

4. Take It Off The Top

5. What If

6. Ice Cakes

7. Night Meets Light

8. Punk Sandwich

9. Long Slow Distance

10. Night Of The Living Dregs

11. Patchwork


Track List: Full Circle

1. Aftershock

2. Perpetual Reality

3. Calcutta

4. Goin' To Town

5. Pompous Circumstances

6. Shapes Of Things

7. Sleeveless In Seattle

8. Good Intentions

9. Yeolde

10. Ionized


Track List: Bring 'Em Back Alive (Live)

4. Country House Shuffle

5. Kashmir

7. Kat Food

8. Hereafter

9. Medley (Take It Off The Top)

10. Divided We Stand


Track List: Dregs Of The Earth

1. Road Expense

2. Pride O' The Farm

3. Twiggs Approved

4. Hereafter

5. The Great Spectacular

6. Broad Street Strut

7. I'm Freaking Out

8. Old World


Track List: Night Of The Living Dregs

1. Punk Sandwich (Live)

2. Country House Shuffle (Live)

3. The Riff Raff (Live)

4. Long Slow Distance (Live)

5. Night Of The Living Dregs (Live)

6. The Bash (Live)

7. Leprechaun Promenade (Live)

8. Patchwork (Live)


Track List: What If

1. Take It Off The Top

2. Odyssey

3. What If

4. Travel Tunes

5. Ice Cakes

6. Little Kids

7. Gina Lola Breakdown

8. Night Meets Light


Track List: Freefall

1. Free Fall

2. Holiday

3. Hand Jig

4. Moe Down

5. Refried Funky Chicken

6. Sleep

7. Cruise Control

8. Cosmopolitan Traveler

9. Dig The Ditch

10. Wages Of Weirdness

11. Northern Lights


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Saw them at what was called Bachelors 3 off Oakland Park in south Florida. $4.00 We thought they were Gods. Still do.
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There are and have been thousands of great guitarists around, but in my opinion none with the mastery and depth of skill in so many styles as Steve Morse...let alone the ridiculous compositiona l skills, imagination and determinatio n to keep at it in the face of overwhelming odds! Since the moment I listened to What If? my musical life was changed forever. If you missed the early stuff, go back and dig in.. buy anything you can me on this.
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saw these guys in the late 70's at FIU University in Miami. Loved them so much i went to see them again a month later at the Agora Ballroom. Steve Morse is awesome!
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My ex husband played DD always when we were married. I didn't know better but rock grew into me-since I was born Filipina. After 40 yrs here in America, I found out amazing things about rock esp Klaatu and Dixie Dregs, Cream, Robin Trower, Yes, Aerosmith, Rush, Mahogany Rush, ZZ top .He's been away over 20 yrs and everytime I want to remember those years I search for his music. It brings nostalgia and it reminds me that I was so in love once so deeply with someone who's crazy about rock.
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I listened, half heartedly, to Dixie Dreg's output back in the late 70's and early 80's. Was totally into southern rock at that time and wasn't too impressed with the Dregs. Three years ago, I refound a CD from one of their albums (Night of the Living Dregs), put on my headphones and I coudlnt' believe how good they sounded. Complex instrumentat i o n , both fast and slower songs, no vocalization s . . . . j u s t amazing mastery of the instruments. Steve Morse was born holding an air guitar!!
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Saw Steve Morse on acoustic guitar open for Al Dimeola, Paco DeLuca and John McLaughlin at the old Morris Stage ( now MAYO) in 1987 . He came back on stage with them toward the end of their regular show and they did a medley of cover tunes together to close the show. OMG WTF
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Saw them on tour where they were billed to open for Little Feet (sans-serif Lowell George. ) However, when they reached our town, the lineup was reversed due to audience enthusiasm and Dixie Dregs became the headliner and Little Feet was the opening act.
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Saw them at F.A.U. in boca raton had to be 79 80 .what a ahow made a change in my music views
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I saw them at Va Tech on July 4th right after they returned from recording Night of the Living Dregs (1979). They were mind-blowing . Unfortunatel y , they were opening for someone else, so they couldn't play that long. (We ended up walking out on the second band.) Unsung Heroes is one of my favorite LP's ever.
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I'm old enuff to have been followin' steve morse ,etc. for a looong time- still some of the best musicians/mu s i c that can be found!! For those who don't already know, check out the disc Stressfest that has the original version of Rising Power....and btw, u DO know of Tony Macalpine, right? If not, best check him out!!
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love them
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Yes, the one & only amazing Dixie Dregs!
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You guys left out Unsung Heroes. WTF??!!
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best band i,ve ever seen live. and i,ve seen hundrerds of bands live.
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The awesomely legendary Dixie Dregs!
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Yes indeed, the legendary Dixie Dregs!
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Great tune, Fyi, this is Steve Howe w/ Steve : )
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great song! too bad it has the same name as my whore of an ex-wife
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Dregs of the earth tour ...FAU south florida !! One of the best concerts ever !! Still listen to that album every week ! Even got one of Rods drum sticks .
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Remember U as Dixie Grit! Augusta, 1970, at the Purple Onion (dive) while in training for Viet Nam. Thanks Tem
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Saw the dregs play many times in Athens and Atlanta in mid to late 70's. Truly unique and unbelievable musicians particularly since no vocals.
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The Rose Room at Rutgers University, early 80's. Only 300 seats. Best band I've ever seen live, (and I've seen some awesome bands.)
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Wow, why are all the good bands either from the early 80s or obscure? These guys are great. Literally some of the best stuff I've ever heard in my life.
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Saw them a few times in the 80's at a club called The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY. good times
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Dregs of the Earth Tour, San Francisco. Fake ID in hand, I got past the doorman, sat at a little table with a couple buddies. Steve and the boys then proceeded to SCHOOL us little hotshots on how it's done.
I'll never forget that night. Humbled and amazed - It encouraged me to work hard as a player.
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Do You Remember the Purple Onion, Augusta GA, 1970
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I saw Steve open for RUSH, long about the time if the first Steve Morse band album.Yeah, I said album! Ha!!
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How long did Jerry Peak (bass) and Doug Morgan (drums) play with Steve?
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True story. After a Dregs gig is St Pete Fla several yrs ago, a bunch of us guitar heads were chatting up Steve after the show and a cute gal busts thru our chat circle and smiles at Steve and hands him a film vial. Steve opens it, frowns and sets it down on a bench by him. Knowing Steve is as straight as an arrow, I told him I'd get rid of it - as I snatched it up. A nice almost 1/8 bud of hydroponic ;) My good deed for the day. Great show too, of course!
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I saw these guys at Georgia Tech ('78 or '79) with Eric Johnson as opener. Un-freakin'- b e l i e v e a b l e !
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I saw them in Miami at a free concert, outdoors at FIU around '79 or '80. It was an absolutely mind-bending l y smokin' set.
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I saw them in San Antonio in 1982, the Industry Standard tour in a Small saloon. Mark O'Connor was in the band, I didn't know who he was until a couple of years later when I started getting into bluegrass. One of the most phenomenal shows I've ever seen in my life.
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Saw the Dreggs back in 92 or 93 in Pittsburg, PA. they kicked butt
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Never saw 'em live. listened to everything I can find tho... I try really hard to emulate Steve's licks, but that just gives me reason to get get up tomorrow, so maybe then I'll be able to achieve a small fraction of some of the placement, phrasing and chops of my number one favorite guitar master..
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Saw them for the first time in 1975 in a small renovated theater in Tulsa, and sat with my mouth open for 2 hours plus. Been a fan ever since, as well as a better guitarist for it. Last time I saw Steve was in the Rymen here in Nashville at Muriel Andersons All Star Guitar Night. Met him after the show and found out that he's a nice and friendly as everone said.
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I was fifteen and worked as a gopher for a sound company in Virginia. This is when knowone knew them. I was an instant fan. They were the nicest guys and so talented.
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i became related to andy west by marriage. i had opportunitie s to meet them all, and i was never not impressed. their musical abilities as shown by their orchestral training is evident in every cut. they still get my blood rocking.
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Met The Dregs after a concert in R.I. in the 80's . They luaghed when I refered to Andy as Mr West.. Some of the greatest musicians I've heard.
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My Fathers Place, Long Island Late 70's early 80's...bring s back awesome memories. What an awesome group live.
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Watched a then Dixie Dregs concert in Miami, FL.. in 1979. Out door fest. sat right behind Rod. I was 17 now turning 50! STILL PLAYING PERCUSSION . GR8 MUSICIANS ALL!!!!
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Saw them during the Jerry Goodman era. Highlight was shaking Steve's hand after the show.
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Dregs of the earth is the best Dregs album . Check out the tune called I'm freaking out . A true masterpiece! ! !
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The Dregs changed the lives of some of the best skateboarder s and surfers of all time........ . . . . . . . . . . . . E v e n had a skateboard company named after them !
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RIP T Lavitz (p.s. rod,steve,t lavitz,dave la rue and some steve morse band mates (von romaine) were always super nice after the shows I talked to Rod and T Lavitz and Steve quite a bit after shows in SE thru the yrs of 88-2003 (Tallahassee . F l and Atlanta) and they were really super cool and sincere
Rod is in my top 3-4 drum mentors and I believe still teaches at Berkely
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I saw the Dixie Dreggs in Seattle in 1979, and it was one of the very best performances of anyone that I've ever seen or heard. Totally electrifying . . .
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Odyssey, one song that will live forever...
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The Dregs and Allan Holdsworth at the Country Club in Reseda. Now that was a guitarist's wet dream of a show!
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I heard What If first at a 38 Special concert. The sound guy was playing it before the concert started, and I just had to find out who it was. I've been a fan ever since. I think I've seen Steve Morse 7 times over the years -- always great. On a side note, why is every bio 10 years out of date?
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Used to play the Dregs all the time when I was a DJ at Penn State on a jazz fusion show in the 80s. I haven't listened to them in years, but just added them to my mix on Pandora and was reminded how amazing they are. (I once saw Steve Morse play with Kansas...did n ' t seem quite right for him. He even played violin on Dust in the Wind!)
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