"Steven J. Morse" (born July 28, 1954 in Hamilton, Ohio) is an American rock guitarist and guitar virtuoso, best known for his position as guitarist in the Dixie Dregs and Deep Purple. His career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusions of these genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, he enjoyed a brief stint with Kansas and has been working with Deep Purple since 1994.
In his earlier childhood, Morse's father was a minister and his mother a classically trained pianist; both psychologists. The family moved to Tennessee, then Ypsalanti, Michigan where Morse spent his childhood. Although familiar with piano and clarinet, he became interested in guitar and his real musical career began. He worked briefly with his brother Dave in a band called The Plague until the family moved to Augusta, Georgia. Enrolled in Richmond Academy, he met bassist Andy West and together they formed the nucleus of Dixie Grit, adding keyboardist Johnny Carr, guitarist and vocalist Frank Brittingham with Dave Morse drumming. However, this effort was shortlived, since covering Led Zeppelin, Cream and the like limited their ability to get higher-paying dance gigs. West and...