Featured Artist

Dave LaRuee

Dave LaRue

Bassist / Recording Artist / Educator


Dave has been touring and recording with the Dixie Dregs and the Steve Morse Band since 1988, and has just completed a new CD with the Steve Morse Band, "Out Standing In Their Field". When not working with the Morse band, LaRue keeps busy working with other artists, including Joe Satriani, Dream Theater's John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, and the L.A. based band Planet X. With long time partner Glenn Alexander, Dave is getting ready to record a new CD with their band, Stretch. He has also released through his web site his book of transcriptions, titled "Dave LaRue: On the Record", and is working on wrapping up his second solo record. He is also writing, playing and producing for various artists in the central Florida area.

Education is a big part of Dave's career, so he wrote an instructional column for Bass Player magazine (for whom he also served as a member of the Advisory Board), for several years. Dave also does clinics internationally for the Ernie Ball - Music Man Co., and teaches privately in the Orlando area when his schedule permits. Dave is an adjunct professor at Stetson University in Florida. He has also done seminars at the National Music Expo's and at the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut. In addition, Dave will be doing a second instructional video, to follow up his internationally released Warner Bros. video, "Essentials", as well as a bass method book, ad a new series of on-line lessons.

Bachelor of Music, the Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Two Grammy nominations with the Dixie Dregs, in 1992 for "Bring 'Em Back Alive", and in 1994 for "Full Circle". Dave has finished in the top 10 in the "Best Overall" category in the Bass Player magazine Readers Poll in 1993, '94, '95 and '96. He also finished third in the "Best Rock Bassist" category in Guitar Player magazine in 1994. Dave received the "Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Bass Guitar" at the 1996 Florida Guitar Show.

In addition to 8 Steve Morse Band and 3 Dixie Dregs albums, Dave has released a solo record entitled "Hub City Kid". He is featured on the Joe Satriani DVD/CD, "Live In Anaheim", and has recorded with Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, and Planet X, among others. A partial list of the people or bands Dave has recorded or performed with includes the London Symphony Orchestra, Deep Purple, Bruce Hornsby, Mike Portnoy, the Hellecasters, Pat Travers, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil (Motley Crue), guitarists John Petrucci, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Mike Stern, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons (Danger Danger), Steve Vai, Albert Lee, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmett (Triumph), and Ace Frehley (Kiss).

Dave plays fretted and fretless MusicMan Sterling and StingRay 5 basses. One Sterling is equipped with a Kahler tremolo bridge, and one has a HipShot de-tuner. One of his StingRay 5's is strung high, from low E to C. All of his basses are strung with Ernie Ball Extra Slinky strings.

For amplification, Dave uses Ampeg SVP Pro preamps, into the new SVP 1500 mosfet power amps. His speakers are the SVT Classics, which are 4 x 10 cabinets with a bullet. The rig also contains various signal and effects processors.

Credits - Guitar Introduction-Bryan Clark• Interviewer-Kevin Rian • Videographer-John Anderson • Video Editor-Logan Hursh

A special thanks to Beaver Felton from Bass Central (BassCentral.com) for allowing us to shoot the video at his store.