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Dixie Dregs is a progressive rock band formed in the 1970s. Their mostly instrumental music fuses jazz, southern rock, bluegrass and classical forms in an often technical but always unique virtuosic style.
The Dixie Dregs evolved from an Augusta, Georgia band called The Dixie Grits featuring Steve Morse, Frank Brittingham, Johnny Carr and Andy West in the late 1960's. Carr was later replaced by keyboardist Mark Parrish. Morse, West, Parrish, Brittingham and Frayer performed briefly as a quintet, continuing to call themselves The Dixie Grits. After Frank Brittingham left in 1972, Morse, West, Parrish, and Frayer remained: thus, the "Dregs" of "The Dixie Grits".
In 1973, Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin) and Bart Yarnal (drums) met while students at the University of Miami's School of Music to play as Rock Ensemble II. West also attended Georgia State University for a year while studying cello and music theory & composition along with Parrish. Parrish remained at GSU during the academic school years only to return to Augusta, Georgia during summer breaks - re-establishing the guitar/bass/keyboards/drums qua...