Monday, December 3, 2012

Album 365: Day 55 - Dixie Dregs - Bring 'Em Back Alive

Dixie Dregs
Bring 'Em Back Alive

Favorite tracks:  Odyssey, Kat Food, Cruise Control
Sleeper tracks: Kashmir, Medley (Take It Off the Top)

I was introduced to this band by a guy that worked at the local music store.  We hung down there a lot during the summers.  They had this CD playing one day and it sounded awesome.  It was cool to hear tight, live music that wasn't jazz.  I knew of the drummer, Rod Morgenstein from Modern Drummer magazines and I quickly became aware of guitar legend Steve Morse and bass player Dave LaRue.  Actually, I think my friend Bryan might have had a Steve Morse solo album before I heard this record.  The band influenced a lot of prog bands that I like so it was extra special to discover this record.

There's so much good playing and it's mind boggling how tight the band is.  I was able to see the band open up for Dream Theater in 2000 and was thankful for the opportunity.

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