An early lineup of Georgia-born band The Dixie Dregs – the version that recorded Free Fall, their second album and first for Capricorn Records in 1977 – is reuniting for a tour in 2018.
A mostly-instrumental rock/jazz/classical fusion group known for its dazzling technical ability, the Dixie Dregs evolved from an Augusta, Georgia band called Dixie Grit, formed by bass guitarist Andy West and guitarist Steve Morse in 1970. After West and Morse moved to south Florida to attend the University of Miami’s School of Music in 1971, they regrouped with new members under the name Dixie Dregs, and released an independent album named The Great Spectacular in 1976. A year later, upon their signing to Capricorn, the lineup (which would continue to shift throughout their existence) consisted of Morse, West, violinist Allen Sloan, keyboardist Steve Davidowski and drummer Rod Morgenstein, the version of the band that will tour next year.
“Earlier this year, the five of us got together and started talking seriously about playing together as the Dixie Dregs again,” West posted on the band’s website. “Our shared history goes way back in time (for some of us, as far back as high school), to the early ‘70s. So the synergy of this group has a particular feeling to it that we knew would be worth revisiting.”