Funny, ain't it. The ABB, Twiggs Lyndon, and Steve Morse connection.

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I read a couple of posts on here recently about Steve Morse and his wife's fight with cancer. I have always thought Mr.Morse a humble person and great musical talent.
I remember reading an article in Guitar World back in the mid 1980's with him. He was making his living as a pilot then, and playing on the side with Kansas I think. Anyway, he discussed how the ABB were an influence and how Duane Allman's playing and tone influenced him and in part his Frankentele.
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So, back in the day when SM was playing with the Dixie Dregs, the ABB's first road/tour manager, Twiggs Lyndon:
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happened to be the DD band manager.

Twiggs loved Duane. So much so he had his portrait tattooed on his arm, and took custody of Duane's '59 tobacco burst LP.(Both seen in pic of TL) Twiggs came to really admire Steve and his playing on his Frankentele.
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So, one night at a show Twiggs brings Duane's LP:
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Duane and his '58 and '59 LP
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for Steve to play, Steve being the first to play it since Duane's passing.

Not long after, Twiggs,who was an avid sky diver, perished when his parachute failed to deploy. Some say suicide, some say accident. The area's name where Twigg's met his end? Duanesburg.

All this brought back to me how things are connected in our musical tree. Influences, acquaintances, gear. The many circles that keep evolving. Glad I have been blessed in my life to be a part of it all. This wonderful thing called music.
 
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Back in '77, I was in a band that was the house band at a club in South Philly called J.C. Dobbs. We got the gig as the house band replacing George Thorogood's band when he got his deal with Rounder Records. We had a steady gig there of two weekends a month.

One Saturday night, we were playing our first set and I noticed a couple of guys walk in, one wearing a cowboy hat and the other with red hair and a beard. They watched the entire set, and when I got off the stage the red-headed guy came up and started a conversation. It turns out that his band was playing at the Tower Theater the following night, and he asked the crew there where he could hear a good band and they told him to come and see us.

The red-headed guy was Andy West, the bass player for the Dregs, and the dude with the cowboy hat was Twiggs. We talked for a while longer, and he said they were playing the Tower the following night, and he invited the whole band to come out and see The Dregs.

A few of us went and got to watch the show from backstage. Afterwards we were hanging out, and I noticed the Frankentele sitting in an open case. I was looking at it closely, and Morse came up and we started talking about the guitar (I'd modded a couple of my guitars, but I'd never seen a Tele so chopped up). Out of nowhere, Morse says 'You want to try it?'

I said 'sure' and took it out and played it for a few minutes. One of the most broken-in Tele necks I can ever remember playing.

Years later, I ended up playing a few dates opening for the Steve Morse Band. Morse is one of the nicest and most humble geniuses I've ever met.

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Back in '77, I was in a band that was the house band at a club in South Philly called J.C. Dobbs. We got the gig as the house band replacing George Thorogood's band when he got his deal with Rounder Records. We had a steady gig there of two weekends a month.

One Saturday night, we were playing our first set and I noticed a couple of guys walk in, one wearing a cowboy hat and the other with red hair and a beard. They watched the entire set, and when I got off the stage the red-headed guy came up and started a conversation. It turns out that his band was playing at the Tower Theater the following night, and he asked the crew there where he could hear a good band and they told him to come and see us.

The red-headed guy was Andy West, the bass player for the Dregs, and the dude with the cowboy hat was Twiggs. We talked for a while longer, and he said they were playing the Tower the following night, and he invited the whole band to come out and see The Dregs.

A few of us went and got to watch the show from backstage. Afterwards we were hanging out, and I noticed the Frankentele sitting in an open case. I was looking at it closely, and Morse came up and we started talking about the guitar (I'd modded a couple of my guitars, but I'd never seen a Tele so chopped up). Out of nowhere, Morse says 'You want to try it?'

I said 'sure' and took it out and played it for a few minutes. One of the most broken-in Tele necks I can ever remember playing.

Years later, I ended up playing a few dates opening for the Steve Morse Band. Morse is one of the nicest and most humble geniuses I've ever met.

- D


Great story and experience. Thanks for sharing. Though I never met Steve Morse, I have always thought him humble and genuine in interviews I have seen and read.
 

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Great story and experience. Thanks for sharing. Though I never met Steve Morse, I have always thought him humble and genuine in interviews I have seen and read.

He's definitely a good guy. On the dates we played with him in the 90s, he actually hung out at our sound check and gave me some pointers on how to improve my tone in the house mix.

How many other headliners would even do that?

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Side note: Twiggs was also the road manager for Otis Redding when his life ended in a plane crash. Twiggs also did time for the murder of a club owner in Buffalo, NY. An interesting life to say the least.
 
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Just curious, if TL was Otis' road manager, why wasn't he on the plane
when it crashed??? :rolleyes:

Otis had purchased and was learning to fly his own double-engine aircraft. This is the aircraft in which he was killed.
Twiggs had just been promoted to "booking manger", so he was at home in Macon. Twiggs did escort Mrs.Redding to the crash site, and to i.d. Otis' body.
 

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Steve Morse kept the guitar safe after the accident till he could give it to Twiggs brother Scoots ( SM was there when it happened) and he also used it - "I’ve used the guitar for solos on every [Dixie Dregs] album, just about. You can hear it on the melody of ‘Cruise Control,’ the slide guitar parts in ‘Rock and Roll Park,’ and in ‘Twiggs Approved’ there are two short guitar solos – one is in a regular style and the other is slide, and both of those are on the Les Paul." And of course the obligatory Steve Morse is one of the finest musicians in all styles AND a fine human being too!
 

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Steve Morse kept the guitar safe after the accident till he could give it to Twiggs brother Scoots ( SM was there when it happened) and he also used it - "I’ve used the guitar for solos on every [Dixie Dregs] album, just about. You can hear it on the melody of ‘Cruise Control,’ the slide guitar parts in ‘Rock and Roll Park,’ and in ‘Twiggs Approved’ there are two short guitar solos – one is in a regular style and the other is slide, and both of those are on the Les Paul." And of course the obligatory Steve Morse is one of the finest musicians in all styles AND a fine human being too!

That was a great thing for Mr.Morse to do. One of Twiggs' brothers gave the LP to Duane's daughter, Galadriel. Great group of guys for sure.
 

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Steve Morse kept the guitar safe after the accident till he could give it to Twiggs brother Scoots ( SM was there when it happened) and he also used it - "I’ve used the guitar for solos on every [Dixie Dregs] album, just about. You can hear it on the melody of ‘Cruise Control,’ the slide guitar parts in ‘Rock and Roll Park,’ and in ‘Twiggs Approved’ there are two short guitar solos – one is in a regular style and the other is slide, and both of those are on the Les Paul." And of course the obligatory Steve Morse is one of the finest musicians in all styles AND a fine human being too!
I’m deep in a Dregs wormhole now. Very cool! Had always enjoyed them when I heard them but never took the time to check them out.
 

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I’m deep in a Dregs wormhole now. Very cool! Had always enjoyed them when I heard them but never took the time to check them out.

The Dixie Dregs were a talented band. Here is a rabbit hole to explore.. Check out the band "Jazz Is Dead." T. Lavitz(Dixie Dregs)keys, Jimmy Herring gtr, Alphonso Johnson bass, Billy Cobham drums. They play Greatful Dead covers in a totally new way.
Here is a show from the Boat House in Norfolk, Va. Saw a lot of great shows there when I was stationed at Langley AFB.


Couple of cd's also.


 
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The Dixie Dregs were a talented band. Here is a rabbit hole to explore.. Check out the band "Jazz Is Dead." T. Lavitz(Dixie Dregs)keys, Jimmy Herring gtr, Alphonso Johnson bass, Billy Cobham drums. They play Greatful Dead covers in a totally new way.
Here is a show from the Boat House in Norfolk, Va. Saw a lot of great shows there when I was stationed at Langley AFB.


Couple of cd's also.



Blue Light Rain is one of my favorite albums. You can go down an equally satisfying rabbit hole following Jimmy Herring, who has often acknowledged Steve Morse as an influence. And he's another really humble, decent person!
Here's a 10-year old gig. Listen for the Dregs hints.
 
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Blue Light Rain is one of my favorite albums. You can go down an equally satisfying rabbit hole following Jimmy Herring, who has often acknowledged Steve Morse as an influence. And he's another really humble, decent person!
Here's a 10-year old gig. Listen for the Dregs hints.


Jimmy Herring is one of my favorite musicians. Project Z, Frogwings, Widespread Panic, etc. Herring always adds something interesting.
Here is a great concert he did with McLaughlin.
 

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Jimmy Herring is one of my favorite musicians. Project Z, Frogwings, Widespread Panic, etc. Herring always adds something interesting.
Here is a great concert he did with McLaughlin.

I saw the same show in Atlanta less than 2 weeks later on 11/15/2017, the night before Thanksgiving. It's hard for me to believe it's coming up on 5 years.

I also have to mention that Jimmy was a long time acolyte of Bruce Hampton. The Aquarium Rescue Unit was a fantastic band!
 




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