Led by the phenomenal guitarist Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs have become a legendary live experience. The lineup has changed a bit over the years. But this edition with keyboardist Lavitz, drummer Morgenstern, violinist Sloane and bassist LaRue was as good a representation as any of its incarnations.
After some ambient distractions, "Cruise Control" starts its life as a down-home blues boogie. It gains steam. An injection of Grand Funk Railroad insulin is given. Sloan plays Mahavishnu on violin. Morgenstern wows the crowd with a powerful drum solo and percussion follow-up. A solemn organ ushers in an insistent cowbell and a further drum barrage. Morse offers his version of fusion chicken-picking. He then furiously trades at overdrive speed with Lavitz before the tune reintroduces the boogie element. At its apex, the tune ends abruptly. The lights are turned on. The crowd leaves sated, but must stop on the way home to grab a bite and a drink to discuss what they just heard.
March 19, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: southern rock
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