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Steve Morse, is an American guitarist and composer who founded The Dixie Dregs in 1970, considered one of the top jazz rock bands in the United States. In 1994, Steve agreed to play four shows with the hard rock and heavy metal pioneer band Deep Purple, at the time they where looking for a new guitarist, and has been the guitar player for the band ever since. Morse is considered one of the hardest working guitarists in the world, voted ”Best Overall Guitarist” by Guitar Player magazine for five years in a row, widely known for his complex diverse compositional skills. His first album with Deep Purple was Purpendicular, their fifteenth studio album, on which he initiated with the melodic idea of Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming. Other studio albums With Deep Purple include; Abandon, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep, Now What?!, and Infinite.
With Dixie Dregs, Morse released nine studio albums, including; The Great Spectacular, Free Fall, What If, Night of the Living Dregs, Dregs of the Earth, Unsung Heroes, Industry Standard, Off the Record, and Full Circle.
In 2011, Morse formed the American rock, and progressive rock band Flying Colors, with Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy, and Casey McPherson. Steve Morse has released two studio albums with Flying Colors, the self-titled debut studio album, and Second Nature.
Morse’s career has encompassed the musical genres of jazz, rock, fusion, country, funk, and classical.
Steve Morse sits down with Chris in Dalhalla, Sweden, and shares: How it all started, life as a child growing up, the importance of music from an early age, education and college years, inspiration, influences, style, sounding different, harmonies, talent and practice, technique, hard work, the philosophy behind his sound, playing passionately, playing something that challenges you and connects with your soul, writing, a creative way to explaine your story in musical terms, Dixie Dregs, joining Deep Purple, Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Purpendicular to Infinite, Bob ezrin, Flying Colors, most important memory and personal experience, motto, what’s next, juicing and more.
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Greatest personal memory and experience
On Dixie Dregs
Joining Deep Purple
On talent and practice
The philosophy behind his style and sound
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Some quick questions at the end