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December 03, 2012 8:18 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Some frantic music to get the week off to an energetic start: the Dixie Dregs performing “The Bash” at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1978. This was about a year after I spent New Year’s Eve listening to the Dregs at a place called Rose’s Cantina in Atlanta. Very interesting act.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • MuddyLee on December 03, 2012 8:52 AM:

    Rose's Cantina was a great Atlanta music joint in the 70s. Saw the Fabulous Thunderbirds there on a Friday night, the lineup on the first album. It was so good, I went back on Saturday night - the bar was full of the same people who had been there the night before. There were many great clubs in Atlanta during that time: Richard's, Great Southeast Music Hall, The 12th Gate, Little Five Points Pub, and the "home club" of the Eric Quincy Tate band (best club band in Atlanta), Hotlanta (it had 2 stages, 2 bands, no intermissions between sets. Northside Tavern and Blind Willie's seem to be the best joints now (for the blues anyway).

  • TheOtherJim on December 03, 2012 9:07 AM:

    Thanks! I'm awake now...

  • ComradeAnon on December 03, 2012 10:16 AM:

    Thanks Ed.

  • Anonymous on December 03, 2012 4:29 PM:

    I was a huge Dregs fan in the 70s.... been a long time since I thought of them... thx!

  • wahoofive on December 05, 2012 11:39 AM:

    Isn't the name of the tune "Wabash"? The first of the two songs is "The Wabash Cannonball".