Songwriter David John Matthews was working in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a bartender at Miller’s bar, when he made friends with a lawyer Ross Hoffman. Hoffman convinced Matthews, usually reserved and reluctant to play in front of people, to lay down a demo of the few songs he had written. Hoffman hoped Matthews could shop the songs in order to find other musicians to perform on some studio work with him. Hoffman encouraged Matthews to approach Carter Beauford, a local drummer.
Beauford had been in several bands and was then playing on a jazz show on BET. After hearing the demo, Carter agreed to spend some time playing the drums. Matthews also approached LeRoi Moore, another local musician who often performed with the John D’earth Quintet to join them. Moore skeptically listened to the demo, but liked what he heard and decided that he too would give the young South African a chance. These three began working on Matthews’ songs in 1991.
Matthews later said: “… At this jazz place I used to bartend at [Miller’s], I would just sit back and watch him on site online casino österreich. I would be serving the musicians fat whiskeys and they’d be getting more and more hosed, but no matter how much, he used to still blow my mind. And it was the sense that everyone played from their heart. And when we got together and they asked, ‘What do you want the music to sound like?’ I said, ‘I know this is a song I wrote and I like what you guys play, so I want you to play the way you react to my song.’ There was a lot of breaking of our inhibitions.”
Consequently, regular practices began in the basement of Carter Beauford’s and Matthews’ mother’s home.
The band’s first in-studio demo was recorded in February or March 1991, and consisted of “The Song That Jane Likes,” “Recently,” and “Tripping Billies” prior to Tinsley joining as a full-time bandmember. Tinsley only performed on “Tripping Billies.”
The band is known for their annual summer-long tours of the US and Europe, featuring lengthy improvisational renditions of their songs, accompanied by an elaborate video and lighting show. This portion of the tour has become a stamp of DMB and has grown with the band since Fenton Williams began in the early 1990s.
After twenty consecutive years of touring the band announced that it is going to take the summer of 2011 off. The band’s most recent album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (the first since Moore’s death) debuted at number one on Billboard 200, giving the band their fifth consecutive number one debut, making them the second band behind Metallica to do so.
On February 14, DMB announced the dates for a summer tour. The next day it was announced that they were recording a new studio album with producer Steve Lillywhite who worked with them on Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, and Before These Crowded Streets.
On May 18, 2012, the Dave Matthews Band fan club, The Warehouse, sent an e-mail to members announcing a September 2012 release date for the album, and including a link to download a new song from the album, “Gaucho.” The song made its live debut at that night’s concert in The Woodlands, TX.” Wikipedia.
And now Dave Matthews Band Is coming To Pennsylvania. The band will have performance June 26 & 27 2012, 7:00 p.m., at Susquehanna Bank Center , Camden, NJ, June 29 2012,7:00 p.m., at Hersheypark Stadium Hershey, PA.