Dave Matthews Band


In 1990, Matthews decided to put together a demo tape and approached his favorite jazz musicians to accompany him: sax player Leroi Moore and drummer Carter Beauford. For bass, he signed on Stefan Lessard, a 16-year-old local prodigy. Violinist Boyd Tinsley was recruited just weeks after the band formed. Early local gigs were an immediate success, and the band quickly developed a devoted following. The band’s manager, Coran Capshaw, utilized grassroots marketing to move the band to the national stage. The group was known as The Dave Matthews Band. In 1994, the band released its major label debut, Under The Table And Dreaming, which went to No. 11 in the Billboard 200. The band’s second album, Crash, was released two years later, debuting at No. 2. Though the album didn’t receive as much critical praise, the band’s follow-up concert sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden in three hours. In October 1997, the band put out an official double-disc live album entitled Live at Red Rocks. Without any marketing or promotion, it debuted at No. 3, providing a high-quality and reasonably priced alternative to illegal live CDs that were beginning to flood the black market. After taking some time off in 1997, the Dave Matthews Band went back into the studio to record Before These Crowded Streets (1998), which debuted at No. 1. Their next album, Everyday (2001), lived up to its promise. The following year, Busted Stuff delivered a smoother, jazzier sound and a similarly successful debut. Their 2005 album, Stand Up, topped the Billboard charts in its first week. “Gravedigger,” an extraordinary meditation on life and death, won Matthews a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal. In 2007, Dave Matthews Band performed a free concert for the Virginia Tech student body and faculty. The show was entitled “A Concert for Virginia Tech” and was done in memory of the shootings that took place on April 16, 2007.

Dave Matthews Band Song List

  • “Crash Into Me”
  • “Ants Marching”
  • “So Much To Say”
  • “Crush”
  • “What Would You Say”
  • “Satellite”
  • “Don’t Drink The Water”
  • “The Space Between”
  • “American Baby”
  • “Funny The Way It Is”
  • “Where Are You Going”

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