Dave Matthews Band
Supported by a communal fanbase, Dave Matthews Band harnessed an eclectic sound and relentless touring schedule to become one of the biggest bands in the world – and continue to pick up new generations of fans along the way.
They have been called a college band, a jam band, a pop band – and to their devoted fans, they are simply “DMB.” Hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, the band formed in 1991 and cultivated a trademark sound that includes long, intricate solos, non-traditional rock & roll instruments, unique time signatures, and an electric live show. The airy jazz of LeRoi Moore’s saxophone blends with the animated bluegrass of Boyd Tinsley’s violin, while drummer Carter Beauford’s in-the-pocket grooves and bassist Stefan Lessard’s melodic lines create a powerful rhythm section. Dave Matthews fronts the band with captivating vocals, imaginative lyrics and percussive guitar strumming.
The band quickly generated strong word of mouth thanks to endless live shows and an active tape sharing community. The 1993 independent-label debut Remember Two Things was popular in the local scene, but their major label debut, 1994’s Under the Table and Dreaming, landed them mainstream hits like “What Would You Say,” “Satellite,” and “Ants Marching.” 1996’s Crash went 7x platinum, earned the band its first Grammy, and yielded another hit, “Crash Into Me.” In 1998, Before These Crowded Streets brought the politically-charged single “Don’t Drink the Water” and the formation of the band’s official fan club – The Warehouse.
Live albums like Live at Red Rocks ’95 capture the band’s onstage energy and feature longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds on electric guitar. By 2001, leaked recordings became so popular among fans that they became integral to the band’s live set.
Dave Matthews Band became the top-selling live act from 2000 to 2009 and is the only band to have seven consecutive albums debut at #1. The band has influenced a generation of acoustic-driven singer-songwriters like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and OAR.
“Ants Marching,” Under the Table and Dreaming (1994) • “#41,” “Crash Into Me” Crash (1996) • “Warehouse” Live at Red Rocks (1997) • “Crush,” Before These Crowded Streets (1998) • “All Along the Watchtower” Listener Supported (1999) • “The Space Between” Everyday (2001) • “Shake Me Like a Monkey” Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (2009) • “Grey Street” Live at Wrigley Field (2001) • “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” Come Tomorrow (2018)