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Steve Morse

Steve Morse has enjoyed a healthy following particularly among guitar players, he has scored highly in readers' polls held annually by musicians' magazines. Although initially inspired by the Beatles as a teen, Morse began to expand his listening to include the Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Although he played a little piano and some clarinet, he became fascinated with guitar after seeing a concert by classical guitarist Juan Mercadal, who later gave the teenaged Morse some lessons. Deeply influenced by a campus performance by John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra while he was attending the University of Miami, Morse decided to focus on instrumental rock music; in 1974 he put together his first band, the Dixie Dregs (later simply the Dregs), which would go on to become one of the defining groups in the fusion genre. After Morse had fronted the Dregs on some 14 albums, the Steve Morse Band began their recording career in 1984. Soon after, Elektra Records snatched Morse up and he cut two albums for the label, The Introduction in 1984 and Stand Up in 1985, before joining Kansas and appearing on two of the arena prog band's albums for the MCA label, Power (1986) and In the Spirit of Things (1988).

Morse then signed to MCA as a solo artist, and in the late '80s and early '90s his albums for the label included High Tension Wires (1989), Southern Steel (1991), and Coast to Coast (1992). After leaving MCA in 1992, Morse recorded two excellent albums for Windham Hill/BMG Records, Structural Damage (1995) and StressFest (1996), and in 1994 he joined Deep Purple as a replacement for Ritchie Blackmore, appearing on a number of the hard-rocking metallers' live albums as well as four studio-recorded long-players over the course of nearly a decade: Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998), Bananas (2003), and Rapture of the Deep (2005). Meanwhile, in 2003 Morse joined the supergroup Living Loud, also featuring vocalist Jimmy Barnes (INXS, Cold Chisel) and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake; the band released its eponymous debut full-length in 2003 and, following the addition of Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey to the lineup, the CD Live in Sydney 2004 (2005) and companion DVD Debut Live Concert: Sydney Fox Studios, 2004 (2006). The Steve Morse Band's Out Standing in Their Field arrived in 2009, and the following year saw the release of Angelfire, a collaboration between Morse and singer/songwriter Sarah Spencer. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Pandora needs some more of Steve Morse's stuff, but I'm glad that there is any at all.
Flying Colors just released their new album, and Steve's composition and playing make it a wonderful collection of music. So glad to see other followers of Steve are listening to him on Pandora too. More Dregs!
Steve Morse is a great guitarist, but in no way doe he play this better than Lifeson..... n u f f said!
The Best. And what a gentleman.
La Villa Sure does sound like Rush Tune

About as good a guitar-playe r as I've ever heard.He Satriani, and Steve Vai are pretty much the best of the fusion guitarists in my books....
I am 52 years young in two weeks and saw the Dixie Dregs in 1980 at SUNY Buffalo's Springfest. I have seen every great Guitar Hero and in my humble opinion, Steve Morse is the greatest living guitarist on this planet. Yeah I get the whole vanilla versus chocolate thing. But no one has ever blew my mind like Morse and the rest of his band. And yes, I saw every show he did in NYC front row for 20 years. I have been playing guitar for 38 years. No one comes close.
Do I hear James LaBrie from Dream Theater doing vocals for the Red Barchetta cover?? Awesome!!!
F Clapton! Steve Morse is God!
So original and creative.
pretty good guitar player for an airline pilot...
steve plays La Villa much better than alex
Saw Steve Morse during the 90's in providence ri on a snowy Sunday night. 12 people in the whole club. Incredible to be that close to the stage.
mewilcox5
I saw the 1983 tour with Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia - seriously 1 of the all time best concerts I've ever been to. When the 4 of them played together at the end of the concert....s t e l l a r !
Just saw Steve with Joe Satriani- what a show!!!!
would love to hear Steve Morse Jam with Eric Johnson..... . .
Steve, you're one of a kind, rock on!
Steve lives here in ocala,fl. and his son Kevin was rehearsing with a band in my music room.Kevin is also an awesome guitarist like his dad.When he said his dad was coming to pick him up I was estatic because I had followed Steve since the early 70's.He graciously autographed my Dregs album Freefall.Qui e t guy in person but not on guitar.I wish he would have had time to jam with me but was leaving on tour the next day to Japan with Deep Purple.
Lifeson is good player Chris, but you need to listen to more Morse- I think you might conclude that Alex is no Stever
I don't know who this guy is but he doesn't do a bad job playing RUSH, he is no Alex Lifeson but not bad
Not quite as good as Steve Howe...but close.
beautiful ...... stopped me in my tracks literally
shut up we know you can play....
blew me away
I was listening for the slow drum part where the high hat comes down a half beat after the bass and snare. Nailed it.
You never know how truly brilliant Rush is, until you try to play them... They're not impossible to play, but you better bring your AAAA+++ game, cause two minutes in, it becomes a labyrinth! : )
Is the title Truthola a nod to Jeff Beck.....(Tr u t h . . . . B e c k o l a . . . )
I was referring to La Villa Strangiato below but Quantum Soup is excellent!
Rush sounds way better on the really old live All The Worlds A Stage, especially Neil Peart. This drummer is struggling.
He is great for sure, but Lifeson played the song the way he felt, nothing wrong with the original at all......RUS H S ' rough edges makes them RUSH
Im not usually impressed with remakes. He has taken Rushs masterpiece and in short smoothed out Lifesons rough edges. Not a bad effort.
Dude is amazing....a class act!
Steve Morse is one of the most influential guitarist of our day and age. To me he is in the same group of John Petrucci, Joe Satriaini, Steve Vai, and many many more. I love all of his stuff ! He is a TRUE musician !
I find it mildly interesting that the bio totally ignores his time with Kansas. He cut two albums with them, then left, then came back for a tour. He even appeared with them as a special guest on their 35th anniversary DVD.
@ks.virtual - it is a Rush song, off of Hemispheres. Steve Morse did a cover (quite well, I might add).
ks.virtual
i've just learned about steve morse today.. i always thought this was a rush song. this ones amazing. well... both versions are really amazing!
I taught him everything he knows... Steve's a good learner.
been a fan since 1982 and have seen him 3 times. Got to shake hands & talked everytime I was there. No Rock God Ego. Regular Guy who plays MEAN guitar.
14739578
Been a fan since 1979 I have everything steve has recorded but only saw him once with Deep purple
I've been a fan of the dregs and Steve Morse band since the 70's. I have been very fortunate to see both the dregs and Steve Morse band several times through the years. And yes, Steve has always been easy to access and is a just a wonderful person to talk to. i just started playing guitar about a year ago and seem to picking it up very fast. I hope to one day be able to play some of Steve's compositions . keep on rockin' Steve.
I saw the Steve Morse Band several times in San Francisco some years ago, The first time was a sort of fluke, but he impressed me so much I kept returning year after year. His technique is beyond reproach, but he also has a wonderful sense of melody. And his bass player totally rocks. LaRuuuuuue!
lnaunapp
Simply the best of this genre, hands down. Guitarist, composer, artist--you name it. Check out Angelfire and upcoming Flying Colors: Steve's talent just continues to amaze! Fan since early 80s...
i c thers alot of discussion over the best guitarist well thats a mater of the heart. there is a guitarist i think should get recgonition and that is the one who played with the band FREE on ther fire and water aibum. i like how he didnt play fast or fancy but he played with alot of feeling before he died. check him out
Let's not forget where Steve started, yes, Augusta, Ga. and the Dixie Grits
my band Battalion opened for Kansas in San Bernardino Ca. in 1991 Steve was awesome see him at the namm show every year he is a down to earth cool dude
how many did you meet?
dbusby56
Not to take away from his guitar playing , which is AMAZING! ...Steve is also the nicest celebrity I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
Even if I didn't like his cover (which I do), I'd have to thumbs up this. Anyone who covers Rush is alright by me.
Glad to see High Tension Wires get the kudos it deserves. This album is also one of my all time fav's....Per h a p s the most underrated instrumental albums ever.....Yes , Highland Wedding is just beauty-ful. The final 45 seconds or so of that song.....wow ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Steve is an incredibly nice guy.. Seen him about 4 times with the Dregs, SMB, and Kansas.. High Tension Wires is one my all time favorite albums.. Highland Wedding is amazing..
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