1991 - Formed in Charlottesville, Va.
It may be hard to believe, but the origin of Dave Matthews Band dates all the way to the early 90s. The group's namesake, Dave Matthews, began rounding up fellow musicians Carter Beauford (drums), LeRoi Moore (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), Peter Griesar (keyboard), and Boyd Tinsley (violin) for the original lineup. The group began recording demos and performing in local venues around Charlottesville.
Word of mouth from local clubs and festivals proved to be the band’s ticket to success
For two years straight, DMB played a series of clubs and festivals along the East Coast, building up the group’s fan base from the strength of their live performances, which have become one of the strongest points of the band’s reputation.
1993 - Debut album, “Remember Two Things," released
Unlike a typical debut, the group’s inaugural album was a live set from a concert at The Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island a few months earlier. The album contained ever-popular tracks like “Ants Marching,” and “Tripping Billies,” both of which have become tour staples over the years.
1994 - Release of first studio album, “Under the Table and Dreaming”
Along with new versions of “Ants Marching” and “Satellite,” the album also contained some of the group’s most recognizable tracks including “What Would You Say,” “Jimi Thing,” “Warehouse,” and “Dancing Nancies.” The rookie studio effort peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 11.
Live concerts keep the band connected to its fiercely loyal fan base
DMB has released more live albums than studio recordings, and their popular improvisational live concerts caused enough demand for 20 consecutive years of touring. To this day, the band still allows tapers at live shows.
To date, Dave Matthews Band has released dozens of live and studio recordings
The band has released eight studio albums, 15 live albums, over 20 volumes in the Live Trax series, and numerous live concert videos. Thirteen of the band’s studio and live albums have been certified platinum at least once.
Dave Matthews Band has 14 GRAMMY nominations to its name, but has won just once, back in 1997 for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group on 'So Much to Say.' Dave Matthews' solo album, 'Some Devil,' earned the artist a GRAMMY for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for 'Gravedigger' in 2004.
Live performances have become a focal point for the band, which has released more live albums than studio recordings, and whose popular improvisational style caused enough demand for 20 consecutive years of touring, which in addition to North America, has included stops in Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America. According to DMBAlmanac.com, the band has logged over 2,000 shows and 71 tours, the bulk of which have taken place during the summer months. See a breakdown below.
Following DMB’s formation in 1991, the word of mouth generated from playing local clubs and festivals for nearly two years straight proved to be the ticket to success for the band, which quickly became known for its distinctive sound that blends together several different genres including:
Taking its name from the Trax Nightclub where Dave Matthews Band got its start, the Live Trax Series features live recordings of concerts in their entirety. Check out the full list below.