Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band from Charlottesville, VA. Forming in 1991, the original members are singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer and backing vocalist Carter... ... read more
Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band from Charlottesville, VA. Forming in 1991, the original members are singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer and backing vocalist Carter Beauford, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. Violinist Boyd Tinsley joined soon after the group came together.
Moore died in August 2008, with Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones taking over saxophone duties. During Dave Matthews Band tours, trumpet player Rashawn Ross and multi-instrumentalist Tim Reynolds play with the group.
The band’s musical styling has influences of rock, jazz fusion, bluegrass, alternative rock, and folk. The group’s earlier work features an acoustic guitar taking the lead, with later releases embracing the electric guitar.
Having sold tens of millions of albums worldwide, Dave Matthews Band concerts are some of the most popular live shows of the summer. The group is known for its exhaustive touring schedule, hitting up American and European destinations during the summer months for 20 years in a row before taking a break in 2011.
The first Dave Matthews Band demo was recorded in March 1991. The group began touring the Virginia area and college campuses that year. In November 1993, the debut Dave Matthews Band album, Remember Two Things, came out. A year later in September 1994, DMB released its second album, Under the Table and Dreaming, with the group’s first commercial hits, “What Would You Say,” “Satellite,” and “Ants Marching.”
Then came the album Crash in 1996, which cemented the band’s national and international fame. One of the record’s hits, “So Much to Say,” earned DMB a Grammy Award in 1997. The band’s first full-length live album, Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95, came out in October 1997.
The April 1998 album Before These Crowded Streets is DMB’s third studio effort. It features popular songs “Stay (Wasting Time),” “Crush,” and “Don’t Drink the Water.”
In January 1999, Matthews and Reynolds released the live album, Live at Luther College, featuring many early Dave Matthews Band hits. During the summer of that year, the third live DMB album was released, Listener Supported.
In the first decade of the 2000s, DMB released four more studio albums: Everyday (2001), Busted Stuff (2002), Stand Up (2005), and Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (2009). Another studio album, Away from the World, came out in 2012. The band has released more than 15 live albums of various concerts since its founding.
Dave Matthews Band has shared the stage with top musicians such as Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, banjoist Béla Fleck, vocalist Alanis Morissette, and guitarist Santana. The group has headlined U.S. music festivals like Bonnarro, Mile High Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. DMB also plays many charity concerts.
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