Steve Morse, legendary guitarist for Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band and now Flying Colors, took time out of his schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitars, his signature Engl E656 amplifier, the new Flying Colors DVD and plans for a new Deep Purple album scheduled for 2016.
Assembling various parts from different guitars, Morse told the guys about his attempts at crating his own version of a signature model until Sterling Ball, owner of Ernie Ball/Music Man asked him to design a guitar for his company. After trial and error the Steve Morse signature guitar was born. "As an arranger and a writer myself, I said guitars can do so much more, lets try to give it as much breath as possible". The result was one of the most versatile guitars on the market and it's brother the Ernie Ball Music Man SM-Y2D.
Flying Colors, Morse's latest project alongside bassist Dave Larue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) on keyboards/vocals, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) on drums and singer/songwriter Casey McPherson handling vocals and rhythm guitar, will release their new DVD 'Second Flight: Live at the Z7' on Blu-ray, DVD, CD or LP formats. Available November 13 via Music Theories Recordings, it's the groups 2nd concert release celebrating their two stellar studio albums. The idea behind Flying Colors, combining virtuoso musicians with a pop singer, has served the group well as 'Second Flight: Live at the Z7' demonstrates.
Morse states that writing has already begun for the new, as yet untitled, Deep Purple album. Currently in the writing stage, recording is scheduled to start about the middle of January. Capitalising on the commercial & critical success of 2013's "Now What?!" album, legendary producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) will once again sit in the producer's chair.
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