The Dixie Desperados Play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Oct. 17


The southern rock band Dixie Desperados will play for the first time at the “Free Fridays” Concert series Friday, Oct. 17.

Formed in Gainesville in 1976, the Dixie Desperados include cousins Allan Lowe (guitar/vocals), Mike Chasteen (guitar/vocals), and Gregg McMillan (bass guitar/vocals), along with Jeff Sims (guitar) and Jim Milsaps (drums). Signed by Fantasma Productions, the Dixie Desperados toured the southeastern U.S. roadhouse circuit playing their brand of original southern country rock songs and opening shows for such notables as the Allman Brothers, Axe, Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels Band, Henry Paul Band, Johnny Winter, Three Dog Night, Grinderswitch, Louisiana Leroux, Doc Holliday, the Winters Brothers, Johnny Van Zant Band, Pat Travers and New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Despite their success, the band broke up in 1983 as members went in different directions in their lives. They kept in touch, reformed the band in Gainesville in 2012 and started playing a few shows a year, as well as recording a new CD. They have gone on to play to standing room only crowds at local clubs and, in April 2013, released the CD titled Dixie Desperados.