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Dave Matthews Band Lyrics

Dave Matthews Band - Biography

The Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early
1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some
songs he had written on tape. Instead of simply recording himself
with a guitar, he opted to bring in some instrumental help to give
his musical ideas more depth. Dave found assistance in drummer
Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both
accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music
scene. Based on the recommendation of distinguished local jazz guru
John D'earth, 16-year-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard came on
board to play bass. Completing the band was keyboard player Peter
Griesar, who left the band after a couple of years, as well as the
talented and classically trained violinist, Boyd Tinsley.

The first official gig for the newly conceived Dave Matthews Band
was May 11, 1991, at a private rooftop party in Charlottesville. Its
first public show was at the city's 1991 Earth Day Festival. Local
weekly gigs soon followed, and within a little time, word of the
band's contagious new sound spread like wildfire throughout the
region. Clubs started to fill up, tours began to cover more
territory, and the fan base grew at an incredible rate.

On November 9, 1993, DMB released its first album, Remember Two
Things, on its Bama Rags label. The album was recorded live at The
Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island, in August of 1993. The album
debuted on College charts as the highest independent entry, and went
on to be certified gold by the RIAA -- a significant accomplishment
for an independent album. Meanwhile, the band kept touring and its
fan base continued to grow. By allowing fans to tape shows for their
personal use, DMB created a highly interactive community that
continues in spirit today.

During the first part of 1994, Dave Matthews Band recorded its RCA
debut, Under The Table and Dreaming. Just before the album's release
on September 27, 1994, Dave Matthews Band hit the road for their
first official national tour. The tour lasted well over a year and
included sold out theater dates across the country, a trip to
Europe, and two summers playing on the main stage of HORDE. By the
fall of 1995, when the band returned to the studio to record its
next album, Under The Table and Dreaming had been certified four
times platinum by the RIAA.

Crash, Dave Matthews Band's second album for RCA, was released on
April 30, 1996, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200
chart. The band continued with a steady schedule of touring
throughout 1997, headlining sold-out amphitheater dates across North
America. DMB, though elevated to the level of national pop stardom,
continued to do things precisely as it had from day one:
organically, with a grass roots mentality.

On October 28, 1997, Bama Rags/RCA label released an official
double-disc live Dave Matthews Band album, entitled Live at Red
Rocks 8-15-95. Without any marketing or promotion, Live at Red Rocks
debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and was instantly
certified platinum. The album provided fans with a high-quality and
reasonably priced alternative to the over-priced, ill-produced, and
illegal live DMB CDs that were beginning to flood the bootleg
black-market. The overwhelming success of Live at Red Rocks,
combined with the band's tremendous touring achievements, proved
that Dave Matthews Band had grown from a grass roots phenomenon to
one of the hottest bands in America.

On April 28, 1998, RCA released Dave Matthews Band's third studio
album, Before These Crowded Streets. The critically acclaimed
recording debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart; it was
the band's strongest debut to date. DMB spent the following year and
a half on the road, selling out stadiums, arenas, and amphitheaters
across the country.

On January 19, 1999, Bama Rags/RCA released Live at Luther College:
An Acoustic Performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. Tim
Reynolds was a guest guitarist on all of the Dave Matthews Band
albums, and toured with the band as a guest musician. Dave Matthews
and Tim Reynolds toured as an acoustic duo during the winters of
'96, '97, and '99. The second in a series of live Dave Matthews
Band-related releases, Live at Luther College debuted at number two
on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum by
the RIAA . As with Live at Red Rocks, the success of this second
live album was based solely on word-of-mouth buzz.

The third installment in this ongoing live album series, Listener
Supported, was released by Bama Rags/RCA on November 23, 1999. The
album was recorded live at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena
in September 1999, and a video of the performance, also titled
Listener Supported, was released at the same time. The double-disc
album was quickly certified double-platinum, and the video has sold
over a million copies as well.

The band spent much of 2000 on tour, finishing as the top-grossing
touring band in the U.S. In the fall, Dave Matthews joined legendary
producer Glen Ballard in Los Angeles to fine-tune song arrangements
for a new album, and the pair wound up co-writing 12 new songs in a
matter of days. From this explosion of creative chemistry came the
band's new album, Everyday, released February 27, 2001. Matthews
plays electric guitar for the first time, and Ballard helped the
band focus and tighten their arrangements, resulting in their
strongest and most finely-crafted album yet. The band will tour
throughout 2001 in support of Everyday.

Source: http://www.dmband.com/history/default.asp
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