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June 22, 2017
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Why Now?

Hi Folks,

Earlier this year, the five of us (Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein, Allen Sloan, Steve Davidowski, Andy West) got together and started talking seriously about playing together as the Dixie Dregs again. 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. We’ve even been in touch with some of our original crew (Jeff Burkhart, Skoots Lyndon, and David “Dopp” Colvin). Everybody is excited about the idea of our digging into our deep, shared Dregs roots.

From the first incarnation of the Dixie Dregs and through the years since, some incredibly great musicians have been part of the band’s legacy. Those who performed on recordings other than Free Fall include Jerry Goodman, Dave Larue, and Mark O’Connor. Sadly, Mark Parrish and T Lavitz are no longer with us. But Mark’s playing on What If and Night of the Living Dregs, and T’s unmistakable sound on every Dregs album since, certainly keep their memories alive and fresh.

Who knows what the musical future will bring for the Dregs? But right now, we are looking forward to playing live again, and thrilled to be talking to you about it here. Thanks!

Andy

96 comments

  • Mike R

    August 2, 2017 (16:02)

    I used to regularly scan the Washington Post ‘Weekend’ section for news of the Dixie Dregs coming to The Bayou. While it no longer exists, plenty of good venues do (such as the Birchmere, 9:30 Club, Fillmore) which would readily be filled with rabid Dixie Dregs fans. Don’t forget your friends in the DC Metro area!

  • Chris Peterson

    August 2, 2017 (01:51)

    Great news! Ironically I was talking with a friend 2 days ago about the Dregs, and wishing y’all would give it another go, and … Shazam!!
    I’ll catch you guys in So. Calif. anywhere … the Belly-Up in Solano Beach (San Diego) would be cool! (Pappy & Harriet’s in Joshua Tree … but keep it on the hush;)
    How about New Orleans Jazz Fest? Night gigs during the fest? Dixie Dregs in the Land of Dixie … it writes itself!

  • Darin Eichhorn

    July 26, 2017 (22:43)

    YES, Please come to Ohio. We will be there! That being said (and there are a lot of fans in Ohio). And we can’t wait………..

  • Mehrdad

    July 23, 2017 (20:32)

    oh great news,please come to Tehran-Iran:)))

    • Mark

      August 1, 2017 (17:55)

      If only you could play at PB Scott’s Music Hall in Blowing Rock where I saw you every time you played from 1979-1982. But alas that place is no longer. But please come to anywhere in North Carolina. If not I’ll be in Atlanta next March!

  • Richard Hooper

    July 23, 2017 (07:56)

    I do believe from Dixie Grit onward that this band raised the bar for augusta musicians. So many have become great and went on to record and do even greater things because of what Dixie Dregs accomplished. I for 1 wish all of you the very best on the tour,and hope i can make it to a show. Dont miss this folks,butta dan a Zep reunion…lotz o luv…Hoop

  • Phil

    July 22, 2017 (20:38)

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  • Rick Nazaruk

    July 21, 2017 (13:09)

    If the Dixie Dregs are on tour, so am I. First saw you guys at the Silver Dollar Saloon on LI in 1977(I was 17). So many places after that. You guys are going to rock it and have fun doing it. Can’t wait!!!

  • Bill

    July 20, 2017 (19:00)

    My 11 year old nephew is one of your biggest fans. We regularly visit our local record store (Bogey’s West) in Castle Rock Colorado looking for your older albums. Hope you can make it to the Denver area so he can experience you live. Very exciting news!!!

  • Marc E

    July 20, 2017 (05:15)

    I am beyond excited. Between the Dregs and Steve Morse Band, I have been to at least 30 shows. I think what this thread proves is you need to tour…..the country. I know Steve has alot of commitments and maybe it isnt continuous, but clearly there is a maniacal following, and we have been waiting for a long time. So we hope we see you on the West Coast at your typical stops: Slims, Coach House, Canyon Club, etc, etc.

  • Matthias Meyer

    July 19, 2017 (04:44)

    Dixie Dregs, a major part of the soundtrack of my life. I love to see you reunited, although you hardly will come to Germany.
    I wish you all the best and I really really hope, that there will be NEW music from my all time favs….

  • Tom Swain

    July 19, 2017 (01:06)

    Saw you in Indy back in the day… would love to see you again. Come back to Indy!

    • Bob P.

      July 21, 2017 (13:18)

      We’ve been waiting, not so patiently, for so long now. I am not on Facebook and cannot toss my set choices, and so, perhaps they’ll still find their way through other Dregs aficionados. Not a single bad choice in the repertoire, but Road Expense and Hereafter would be great. In the immortal words of Maestro Morse, “Support live music!”

  • Mark Connors

    July 19, 2017 (00:24)

    Please come to Boston!

  • William D. Payne

    July 19, 2017 (00:01)

    I’m ready!! Been following you all since early 1976 at the Last Resort in Athens, GA when I was a teenager. You all are still one of my all-time faves.

    • William D. Payne

      July 19, 2017 (00:03)

      I still have the show flyer somewhere – I’ll be glad to send you all a scan when I locate it in my house. i live in Atlanta now so i will definitely attend the March 2 show.

  • Robert Turrill

    July 18, 2017 (23:54)

    Thanks a million for this great news. Please come the the Rogue Theater in Grants Pass Oregon. (www.roguetheater.com)
    Second please record a dvd and dual cd of this tour. Third Make this project a annual event. San Diego and Coach house San Juan Capistrano are great venues too. I may move back! Welcome back!

    • Russell Robe

      July 21, 2017 (17:10)

      I’ll second this motion for the Rogue Theater in Grants Pass. Or the Craterian Theater in nearby Medford, Oregon would be just as welcome.

  • Fabio Bentes

    July 18, 2017 (20:51)

    São Paulo, Brazil!

  • Carl

    July 18, 2017 (11:27)

    Hi Andy,
    I met you 35 years ago at Bader Field in AC.
    Summerfest 2018 in Milwaukee would be a fun gig for a DD reunion tour!!

  • Rick Mitchell

    July 18, 2017 (10:36)

    Muscle Shoals Alabama..please play here

  • Ray Lewis

    July 18, 2017 (03:30)

    Great news …. Really great news. Coach House in San Juan Capistrano could possibly be a stop? I’m hoping. If not, perhaps the Greek Theatre? Ah heck…. Anywhere in California and we are there. I’ve seen so many shows but it’s been far too long. One time, I remember when Mr. Morse brought the rest of the band along on cassette ~ quite a memorable show…. Many of my best musical experiences were listening in amazement at the perfection of the Dixie Dregs and SMB up close and personal in So. Cal.

  • Jamie Justice

    July 17, 2017 (19:25)

    Don’t forget Lexington Ky, there was a tornado here last time you came, so come stir it up again!!!!!

  • John Clese

    July 17, 2017 (18:23)

    I’m Freaking Out! – Please, please, please play Charlotte, NC!!!

  • Dave Marlo

    July 17, 2017 (01:15)

    Cincinnati PLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEASE ! Seeing you guys is on my bucket list. Thank you so much for all your great music.. You guys are so amazingly talented..

  • Emanuel

    July 17, 2017 (00:04)

    Please please please come to the SF Bay Area!!!!!!
    San Francisco, San Jose!!!!

    PLEASE!

  • LuisG.

    July 16, 2017 (21:40)

    Brazil !

  • Scott

    July 16, 2017 (17:38)

    North Florida.

  • Fern Beauchamp Slack

    July 16, 2017 (17:20)

    Y’all come out to Boulder, CO! I relocated here 2 years ago — big prog and jazz/rock fusion community here, Boulder Theater would sell out in a heartbeat! And it’s a very cool venue.

    Always glad to lend a hand, like back in the good old days in Athens and Atlanta…

  • Joe

    July 16, 2017 (15:40)

    Please play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta!

  • Paul

    July 16, 2017 (14:35)

    Please come to N.E. Ohio! The Kent Stage would be a great venue especially!

  • David R

    July 16, 2017 (14:18)

    Would love to see the Dregs in Glendale (or Phoenix) Arizona.

  • Ramon Ruiz

    July 16, 2017 (14:13)

    Anywhere in Florida PLEASE!!!!!

  • John K

    July 16, 2017 (14:09)

    Great news! Can’t wait. Best live band I have ever seen, and luckily saw you many times. Hope to see you in Boston, New England, somewhere in the U.S. ;>)

  • Steve B

    July 16, 2017 (12:46)

    Gotta play The Bull Run in Shirley MA. Guaranteed SELL OUT. Than ks

  • Lonnie J Bevens II

    July 16, 2017 (09:45)

    I don’t imagine any Asian dates are in the mix.. Say Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore?? If not I will simply fly back for a show in the states… I will be watching the tour list as it builds. You guys know a reunion of the Dixie Dregs is huge, right?? The fan responses to California Screamin should make that evident.

  • John

    July 16, 2017 (04:32)

    Memphis, please, or as close to it as possible. I know you guys have a lot of fans in this area. Minglewood Hall would be great for you.

  • Val

    July 16, 2017 (03:50)

    Don’t forget us out here in Salt Lake City!

  • Bob Backer

    July 16, 2017 (03:03)

    Day 444

  • Jeff

    July 15, 2017 (23:50)

    The NorVa in Norfolk VA has the best sound system on the east coast, and holds about 1000. I’ve seen several concerts there (played there once as well) and it’s a great place! Please bring the Dregs there!!

  • Russell Robe

    July 15, 2017 (23:09)

    My first grandkid will be born in the Atlanta area in the early days of 2018. The Dixie Dregs will hopefully be playing Atlanta a couple months later. I will be traveling from the West Coast to Atlanta to see both the new grandkid and the Dixie Dregs. Not sure which one I’m more excited about. This reunion tour is the best news I’ve heard in a long, long time. I’m thinking about sneaking the newborn into the show so that his/her life can get the best possible start! Decades later, when they have a greater appreciation for the finest of music, they will thank me for that and/or leave flowers on my resting place!

  • Jason Turnbull

    July 15, 2017 (22:29)

    Here’s an odd request – how about the UK? I was never more excited than when Steve joined Deep Purple and the reason was Dixie Dregs. I may be the only UK resident to be a fan of both but I’m still smiling and the only thing that could make this news even better? A gig over here! Go on make me smile even more. A trip over here couldn’t be that bad could it?

    • Freddy Prendy

      July 19, 2017 (14:32)

      “I may be the only UK resident to be a fan of both…” – what planet did you say you were on!?

  • Gene Strader

    July 15, 2017 (22:27)

    don’t forget St Louis or Chicago!

    • Doug Johnson

      July 17, 2017 (00:17)

      Gotta agree! 😀

  • Greg Lauer

    July 15, 2017 (15:20)

    Yes!!! Colorado, please!! If not Denver, then come a little further south to Colorado Springs or even my town of Fountain! We’ll host you just right…you can even stay at my house 🙂

    Seriously guys, this is REALLY exciting.

  • Kevin Stroud

    July 15, 2017 (02:36)

    Nashville’s Exit Inn was a classic venue that’s still around!

  • C

    July 14, 2017 (23:20)

    Pittsburgh!

  • Steve Arsenault

    July 14, 2017 (22:50)

    Man…so excited and glad you guys are getting together again! I saw you in Memphis, must have been around ’78 or ’79 I guess. Blew me away…Living in Nashville now; please make a stop! Can’t wait to get blown away again!

  • Kirby Booth

    July 14, 2017 (19:45)

    Come West Please! I saw you play at the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma and the place is still open. Let’s do it again!!!

  • William Martin

    July 14, 2017 (15:09)

    Please anywhere in Virginia,North Carolina.Need some Punk Sandwich.

  • John

    July 13, 2017 (23:26)

    I will be at every show !!!!

    Can’t wait !!

  • Eddie Walker

    July 13, 2017 (06:38)

    Please, please, please come to Colorado. Name the time and place, and I and a slew of my Dregs loving friends will be there. Not sure how big a venue you are looking for but the Ogden Theater is a nice venue, as are the Fillmore and the Fox Theater and Boulder Theater in Boulder. Well and Red Rocks, of course……

  • Ray O.

    July 13, 2017 (02:29)

    Love to see you guys in Charlotte. SMB and all incarnations of the Dixie Dregs have played here. We love you guys!

  • C Arrega

    July 11, 2017 (13:55)

    Your Comment* Washington DC has awesome venues too!!
    Outdoor like Wolftrap or Merriweather post (Please no Jiffy Lube Live)
    or awesome theatres like the Warner, Strathmore, Lyric (Bmore), DAR
    Would love the opportunity to see the original Dregs – will await anxiously your expanded dates!

  • Mike

    July 11, 2017 (10:44)

    There are many more of us out here than you know!
    Chapel Hill? (One of the best shows I’ve EVER seen, when the power went out, Rod just kept rolling.)

  • Flynn

    July 11, 2017 (06:27)

    You can’t forget about Charlotte.

  • Chuck

    July 11, 2017 (03:28)

    Baltimore/Washington. Chapel Hill. Have car, will travel.

  • Michael Bean

    July 10, 2017 (15:36)

    I’m hoping that when you play Boston, it’ll be at the Paradise. I saw the Dregs about 10 times there during the late 70s to early 80s. That would be the icing on the cake (Ice Cakes)!

  • Dan Aggers

    July 10, 2017 (14:17)

    Andy,

    I know you remember Albany, NY. Steve said “We’ll never forget you guys!” Everyone here never forgot the Dregs!!

    PLEASE COME BACK! I’ll drive to see you anywhere regardless!

    • John Reilly

      July 11, 2017 (22:38)

      I with Andy. Put Albany on the 2018 list. Palace Theatre would be great!

    • P

      July 14, 2017 (01:29)

      Come to The egg in Albany NY, ( theegg,org) you’d rock it !!!
      Love to hear this news!!!

  • Jeff Burdick

    July 10, 2017 (12:00)

    I know The Coach House has to be in there, can’t wait to see you guys together again!

  • Tom King

    July 10, 2017 (11:35)

    I am already in touch with a dozen or so friends about a meetup in a mutually convenient city. We are going to turn this into an opportunity to get together for the first time in as much as 35 years. Thanks, Dregs!

  • Marc

    July 10, 2017 (00:42)

    Please come to Augusta Ga. Loved seeing the band years ago at The Fine Arts Theater at Augusta College.

  • Sam Kanter

    July 9, 2017 (23:19)

    2 Words –
    THANK YOU
    😊🎸🎶🏍😊🏍🎶🎸😊

  • Larry Moody

    July 9, 2017 (03:05)

    If you’re going to return to your roots, you have to do a show in Augusta! But I will come to wherever you play.

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:14)

      I’m hoping it will happen!

    • Marc

      July 10, 2017 (00:37)

      Please come to Augusta Ga. Have seen the dregs many times here where it all began.

  • Bill Bentley

    July 9, 2017 (00:52)

    What would we have to do to get you to Augusta,Andy?

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:14)

      I’ve already asked for it! Fingers crossed!

  • Ben Harrison

    July 7, 2017 (21:35)

    Wow Andy! That is great news. Hopefully you can come close to Albuquerque, I’ll drive to see you.

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:17)

      So many great places! Don’t know anything about the west coast possibilities yet.

  • Mike Williams

    July 7, 2017 (15:53)

    Houston, please! Some of your old Boston fan base would love to see you here.

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:18)

      We’ve all moved around, haven’t we!

  • Jeff Kamen

    July 7, 2017 (05:15)

    Austin, TX.. Please.. Live music Capitol of the world!

  • Alex

    July 7, 2017 (03:09)

    Are you going to come to L.A.?

    • Chuck

      July 10, 2017 (08:00)

      And Orange County

  • Chris Croom

    July 7, 2017 (00:00)

    I hope some Midwest gigs are in y’all’s future!

  • Phil Nomore

    July 6, 2017 (23:57)

    Build it and we will come.

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:15)

      Thank you!

  • Mark Oppenlander

    July 6, 2017 (04:23)

    I very much hope you are considering coming to the Philadelphia area. May I suggest a wonderful new theater known as the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. It is located in West Chester PA just 30 miles west of Philadelphia. It is a 327 seat theater and everything is state-of-the-art. A couple of weeks ago I saw Bernard Purdie there and the experience was fabulous. If you’re looking for an opener please consider One Alternative. We opened up for the Dixie Dregs at the Chestnut Cabaret in 1992, The Steve Morse Band in 1998 at the TLA, and most recently the Rudess/Morganstein Project at the World Café in 2013. We have just released our eighth recording this year called Twilight.

    Long live the wonderful Dixie Dregs!

    http://www.onealternative.com

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:15)

      Got your emails Mark, thanks! We shall see..

      • Mark Oppenlander

        July 9, 2017 (04:19)

        Thank you!

  • Art

    July 5, 2017 (23:21)

    I’ve been so excited since I first heard about this tour. Looking forward to seeing the band again. Please come the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:15)

      Lots of history there for us!

  • Mitch Stout

    July 5, 2017 (19:09)

    This is great! Please come to Greensboro, NC!
    Got to see Rush on there 40th and now the Dregs, can’t get much better!

  • Milly

    July 5, 2017 (18:33)

    Europe please…. please…. I beg you!!! 😀

    • andy

      July 9, 2017 (04:19)

      Wouldn’t that be great!

  • Lawrence Davis

    July 5, 2017 (18:21)

    Let’s see at least one South Florida gig soon gents. I know you haven’t forgotten your roots. Actually you owe it to the young whipper snappers at the U an on campus gig!

  • Guy Bickel

    July 5, 2017 (13:20)

    fantastic – I seriously need a dose – Last time I saw you guys is when we (MF) did a bunch of gigs with you back in the early 80s. Y’all kicked my ass back then, can’t wait to actually hear it again – please head on down to Tampa

    • Michael Bean

      July 10, 2017 (12:21)

      MF – Mother’s Finest?

  • John olsen

    July 3, 2017 (12:12)

    Augusta ga

  • Cynthia Baumhauer

    July 1, 2017 (15:47)

    Won’t you, please, play Asheville????

  • Marije Essink

    June 29, 2017 (17:33)

    This is something very special and exciting, a unique revisit of amazing times and music, much to the joy and happiness of many fans! I do hope that future live shows will be filmed or recorded, for any fans who can’t make it to a show.

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