The Steve Morse Band
The Steve Morse Band Morse's career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, has been (and continues to be) a member of several renowned bands. Morse put together the Steve Morse Band, a trio with Jerry Peek (bass) and Doug Morgan (drums). Rod Morgenstein soon replaced Morgan, and they began recording The Introduction in September. The group had previously toured Germany with Morse conducting clinics, and the group was signed by Elektra Records, who released The Introduction mid-year. A second German tour followed, and Stand Up was released. This effort included guest vocalists and guitarists (Eric Johnson, Alex Ligertwood, Peter Frampton, Albert Lee, Van Temple), and violinist Mark O'Connor. While on tour, Steve had supported several bands, including progressive rock trio, RUSH. Morse continued in the genre by joining KANSAS when they reformed in the late 1980s, replacing lead guitarist and songwriter, Kerry Livgren. His tenure with the band yielded two releases on MCA, Power and In the Spirit of Things. During this period, he co-wrote the band's last big hit (thus far), "All I Wanted," which reached the Billboard Top 20 and received heavy rotation on MTV. Morse left the band after touring the final album, but re-joined the band for a 1991 tour. Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in the middle of their 1993 tour. Joe Satriani served as a short-term replacement to finish the tour. Afterwards, though, Steve Morse was asked to join the band as a permanent member (and continues to this day). Together, the band has, so far, released four studio and seven live albums. In addition to playing with Deep Purple, and his other efforts; Morse, together with Jimmy Barnes, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake and Don Airey, formed Living Loud in 2003. In 2009, the Steve Morse Band released Outstanding in Their Field, their first release in five years. The critically acclaimed album was supported by a US east coast tour during October-November, and west coast tour in January. Several dates on the tour featured Steve performing as an opening act, with Sarah Spencer, as Angelfire. Steve had begun working with the young singer several years back, culminating in the release of an album by the same name on June 22nd, 2010. Angelfire was a first even for Morse, who has defined his career by exploring and combining numerous genres in novel ways. The new decade also saw Steve revisit his collaboration with Jimmy Barnes and company, writing several new songs with them. His continuing practice of guest appearances included John Wetton and Sharon Isbin. A particularly unique collaboration occurred with Steve's participation in a tribute to (former Deep Purple guitarist) Tommy Bolin. Steve played on several tracks containing unreleased recordings of the late Bolin, with he and Steve trading solos. Even after 47 albums, Morse continues to push boundaries and take chances. In addition to his continuing solo endeavors, collaborative projects, and further work with Deep Purple—Steve can look back on an extraordinary career, and forward to near-infinite possibilities.