LaRue / Alexander / Romaine – L.A.X.
Featuring Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Flying Colors), Glenn Alexander (Jan Hammer, Max Weinberg, Southside Johnny), and Van Romaine (Steve Morse Band, Vinnie Moore)
The LaRue-Alexander recording and live shows are the culmination of 25+ years of playing and writing together. This project takes the duo in a new direction, featuring a bluesy sound with vocals in addition to the instrumental emphasis for which the two have long been critically acclaimed. Some reviewers have claimed Larue-Alexander is like “Stevie Ray meets the Dregs” – an honor which the duo are proud to uphold. Bassist Dave LaRue has toured and recorded with the Steve Morse Band, Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci among others. He has just finished recording the third Flying Colors album for Mascot Records. Guitarist and lead vocalist Glenn Alexander is always busy in the NY area, having worked with artists such as the Max Weinberg 7 (Conan O’Brien), Levon Helm, Randy Brecker, Mahavishnu Project and Jan Hammer. He currently tours with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. With longtime bandmate Van Romaine (Steve Morse Band, Enrique Iglesias, BS&T, Kansas, Bernie Worrell, Vinnie Moore, Naughty By Nature and Queen Latifah) on drums, the trio produces a sound that is powerful, energetic and fun, all while covering a wide expanse of musical ground.
Dave LaRue is the bass player with the virtuoso pop group, Flying Colors. He is also a long-time member of the instrumental groups the Steve Morse Band and the Dixie Dregs. LaRue’s technical prowess is formidable among other jazz-fusionists, but his unique talent is to project his virtuosity with remarkable soul and feel.
LaRue continues to be the go-to guy for many leading guitarists, having worked with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, The Hellecasters, Pat Travers, Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, Albert Lee, Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmett, Ace Frehley, and Steve Vai.
Education is a big part of Dave’s career, beginning with an instructional column for Bass Player magazine (for whom he also served as a member of the Advisory Board). LaRue also does clinics internationally for Music Man and was an adjunct professor at Stetson University in Florida. He teaches privately at Bass Central in Orlando when not on the road, and does lessons via Skype with students from all over the world.
In 2019, Dave recorded the new Flying Colors studio record, Third Degree, with the band looking towards an October release. A fall tour should follow. Dave will be finishing his second solo album, playing with the Dave LaRue Band, and, with partner Glenn Alexander, mixing and releasing their new album, L.A.X.
Glenn Alexander is a composer, guitarist and vocalist. He has received extensive airplay and critical acclaim from around the world on his recordings Stretch, Glenn Alexander, The Connection, Rainbow’s Revenge, Oria, The Coalition, Northern Lights (Scott Healy~Glenn Alexander Quartet), Glenn Alexander & Shadowland and Knock On The Door (Glenn Alexander & Shadowland). He has played everywhere from bars to theaters, concert halls, to stadiums and live on both radio and television. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including: Chico Hamilton, L. Shankar, Jan Hammer with The Mahavishnu Project, The Max Weinberg 7 (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Jon Bon Jovi, Randy Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Tom Scott, Brenda Russell, Regina Bell, Liza Minnelli, Manolo Badrena (Weather Report), Dave LaRue and T Lavitz (The Dixie Dregs), Gary US Bonds and many, many others. Glenn has recorded on countless albums as a sideman, recently appearing on jazz saxophone great Jon Arabagon’s “Outright, Unhinged” to which Downbeat gave five stars and singled out the guitar work, calling it “fusionistic, face melting guitar solos.” Glenn has served on the faculty of his alma mater, Wichita State University and The New School. He is currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.