DAVE MATTHEWS BAND FACTS:
Members: Dave Matthews, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, Carter Beauford, Jeff Coffin, Rashawn Ross & Tim Reynolds.
Past Members: Leroi Moore, Peter Griesar.
Genre: Alternative Music / Rock Music
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Awards: 1 Grammy, 4 VH1 Music Awards, 1 NAACP Image Award,
Albums: Remember Two Things, Recently, Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, Busted Stuff, Stand Up, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Away from the World
Hits: "What Would You Say", "Crash Into Me", "Too Much", "The Space Between"
Initially gaining steam as college radio superheroes, the Dave Matthews Band took advantage of the jam-band revival of the early '90s to become one of the most popular live acts in the world today. The band's summer tours are seasonal staples that rake in millions each year. Fans are drawn to their unique blend of rock, folk and jazz tunes that are packaged with Dave Matthews' unique pop sensibility. Matthews got his start in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he played acoustic guitar gigs and met up with local musicians, including violinist Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessard and saxophonist Leroi Moore.
Dave Matthews Band expanded their reach by touring extensively, mainly at college campuses, and enjoying word-of-mouth recognition by a growing legion of fans. The band's first album, "Under the Table and Dreaming," has achieved six-time platinum certification and was buoyed by the consistent airplay of hits like "Ants Marching" and "Satellite." The band furthered its reach with its second album, "Crash" which boasted the pop hit "Crash Into Me." This album would achieve seven-time platinum status and is the most successful album to-date for the band. The single reached No. 16 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart and showed the band's versatility to work within multiple genres.
The band released its first live album, Live at Red Rocks in 1997. This would be the first of many live albums for the band, who regularly sell selected shows in online packages and limited releases at significant locales. Dave Matthews Band's next album, "Before These Crowded Streets," was another milestone for the band that allowed them to explore bluesy jazz tones and add depth to their live shows. The singles "Crush," "Stay (Wasting Time)" and "Dont Drink the Water" would become huge crowd favorites and show the band's growth from humble college crowd pleasers to full-fledged arena rock kings.
Now on their seventh studio album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band has recovered from the untimely death of saxophonist Leroi Moore to become a bigger and better band in his memory. Whether they're on an adult contemporary or a pop station, Dave Matthews Band has found a unique niche that attracts new fans every year. Attending a DMB concert is a regular tradition for many fans, and without their favorite band packing amphitheatres each season, it just wouldn't feel like summer.