Personalities | The Dave Matthews Band | Nineties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1991–present)

South African-born Matthews (guitar, vocals) formed his band in Virginia, recruiting Stefan Lessard (bass), Leroi Moore (saxophone), Boyd Tinsley (violin) and Carter Beauford (drums) into the ranks. Fusing elements of world music into a sound that celebrated folk, funk and rock in equal parts, they built an audience by undertaking constant touring, releasing their debut Remember Two Things (1993) on their own label.

Now signed to RCA, Under The Table And Dreaming (1994) and Crash (1996) greatly expanded their US following and led to chart albums. As well as launching a campaign against bootleggers, Matthews released the Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 (1997), which showcased the band’s compelling stage sound. Before These Crowded Streets (1998) was a chart topper and hit single ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ featured Alanis Morissette. On albums like Everyday (2001) and Stand Up (2006) Matthews’ winning compositional ability and band interplay remain undimmed.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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