Steve Morse meets Andy West at the Richmond Academy in Augusta, GA.

They form a band, Dixie Grit, with Steve's older brother on drums, Frank Brittingham on vocals and guitar and Johnny Carr, and later Mark Parrish, on keyboards.

 
 


Steve enrolls at the University of Miami's School of Music.

 
 


Dixie Grit split up. Steve and Andy are the only ones left and they call themselves the Dixie Dregs. They start performing as a duo, but are later joined by a drummer from South Carolina called Gilbert Frayer.

The Mahavishnu Orchestra performs at the University of Miami in October.

 
 


Steve forms the Rock Ensemble II with Allen Sloan on violin, Andy West (who came over from Augusta College) on bass and Bart Yarnal on drums. Steve asks Rod Morgenstein to fill in when their drummer breaks his arm while surfing. Yarnal later returns and for a while they play with two drummers. Yarnal eventually leaves.

 
 


By now the Dixie Dregs consist of Steve Morse on guitars, Andy West on bass, Allen Sloan on violin, Rod Morgenstein on drums and Frank Josephs on keyboards.

 
 


'The Great Spectacular' is recorded at the University of Miami.

Steve Davidowski joins the Dixie Dregs later in the year.

 
 


The Dixie Dregs record a demo with the songs 'Cruise Control', 'Refried Funky Chicken' and 'Cosmopolitan Traveler'.

After a Dregs show at the Exit/In in Nashville, TN, former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Twiggs Lyndon are so impressed by the band that they inform the people at Capricorn Records who come out to see the band in a club in Macon, GA.

 
 


The Dixie Dregs sign with Capricorn Records and start recording their first album at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA.

While they are recording Ringo Starr visits the studio.

Finishing the album, Steve is asked to play on a track of the Liza Minnelli album 'Tropical Nights'.

'Free Fall' is released in May.

The Dixie Dregs give a free concert in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA on June 12 to promote the 'Free Fall' album.

Mark Parrish, a former Dixie Grit member, replaces Steve Davidowski and they start recording their second album.

 
 


'What If' is released in March.

Launching a tour supporting the new album, the Dixie Dregs appear as special guest with Santana at two soldout shows at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on March 24 and join him onstage for some jamming.

The Dixie Dregs perform at the 'Rebel Jam' at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on May 3.

The Dixie Dregs tour for the first time in Texas, Arizona and California.

A live version of 'Refried Funky Chicken', recorded at the Fox Theatre, appears on the Capricorn double live compilation album 'Hotels, Motels And Road Shows'.

The Dixie Dregs do a short tour with Sea Level in Europe appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 23 and at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on July 26. The show in Montreux is recorded and filmed.

T Lavitz replaces Mark Parrish in December.

 
 


'Night Of The Living Dregs' is released in April.

The equipment truck gets wrecked on the way to Nashville.

The Dixie Dregs record a show for the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA on June 17.

The largest concert the Dixie Dregs are a part of is the 'Champagne Jam '79' at Georgia Tech Stadium on July 7 with 60,000 in attendance.

The Dixie Dregs appear on 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert'.

Allen Sloan breaks his leg when a flashpot explodes and a piece of concrete smashes into his leg. During the following shows Allen remains seated while performing and at the end of the shows as the band leaves the stage Allen is covered with a blanket. He is revealed as the band returns for the encore.

Twiggs Lyndon dies on November 16 in a skydiving accident.

After the collapse of Capricorn, the Dregs are signed by a new label, Arista, and in December they start recording a new album produced by Steve Morse.

 

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