The Dixie Dregs.
The band continued to evolve. Allen Sloan jumped in on violin. At the band's peak, it also featured T Lavitz on keys and Rod Morgenstein on drums. Later, after Sloan left to pursue a career as a doctor, Nashville session cat Mark O'Connor took over on violin, followed at times by Mahavishnu Orchestra veteran Jerry Goodman.
They were a blend of jazz, Southern rock, classical, and some mighty fine hoedown sounds. These guys could do it all. Morse became known as one of the best guitar players alive today, settling in to the all-important guitarist's spot with rock legends Deep Purple and reigniting a flame in them.
The fire started down in Dixie.