10 Things You May Not Know About Dave Matthews
The Dave Matthews Band have just released their eighth studio album, Away From The World and time Steve Lillywhite has returned as producer. Lillywhite previously produced the band's third album Before These Crowded Streets in 1998. Here we've taken the opportunity to list 10 anecdotes about Dave Matthews Band that might be news to you. Check them out, and leave your comments below the feature!
1. Reason for Taking up Acoustic Guitar
As you all know, Dave Matthews pretty much only plays acoustic guitar. He shared the reason for this in an interview with Acoustic Guitar: "I think in the first place it was a percussive thing. Also it's lighter and there are less things you need with it, so when I was younger and just traveling around, doing a lot of walking, it was always easier to have an acoustic."
2. Alligator Pie
The song “Alligator Pie” from Dave Matthews Band's last album Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King is said to be set in New Orleans in the Katrina aftermath, with a father and daughter sitting on their roof waiting to get rescued. The song features the line “Stella said daddy when you gonna put me in a song.” This was on request of Dave's daughter of that name, who had thought the song “Grace is Gone” from Busted Stuff was about Dave's other daughter. But Matthews included both kids in “Alligator Pie” with the line “Grace is all I'm asking, when will grace return.”
3. Tim Reynolds
Although not an official member of the band, guitarist Tim Reynolds is most often part of Dave Matthews Band when they go on tour. Reynolds also plays acoustic gigs with Dave Matthews, and the pair have released three live albums. Reynolds was born in Germany, where his father was stationed at an army base. What many might not know about Reynolds is that he used to play gigs at the bar Miller's in Charlottesville, Virginia, where young Dave Matthews used to work as a bartender. Reynolds was actually one of the people who encouraged Matthews to start his own band.
Dave Matthews has a unique way to segue between songs. While many frontmen engage in banter meant to fire up the crowd, Matthews tend to come up with random sayings between songs. It can be related to the next song, but just as well might be a random thought, and it's more of a monologue rather than actual ínteraction with the crowd. Fans of Dave Matthews Band have dubbed this rather amusing habit Davespeak.
5. Movie Cameos
Aside from Dave Matthews Band having their songs on several movie soundtracks, Dave Matthews himself is credited as an actor in several movies. He has cameos in two Adam Sandler movies. In I Know Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Dave plays a salesman with extremely tight pants. In You Don't Mess With The Zohan Dave plays the racist character, James.
Dave Matthew's Band's 2009 album bears the rather strange title Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. The term GrooGrux was a word made up by drummer Carter Beauford, saxophonist LeRoi Moore, Tim Reynolds, and a former collaborator named Tim Wicks to describe their sound. Beauford also said in a 2009 MTV interview that Dave Matthews, violinist Boyd Tinsley, and bassist Stefan Lessard were graduates of the GrooGrux academy. The GrooGrux King referred directly to LeRoi Moore, and was meant as a tribute to the saxplayer after his tragic passing in 2008.
7. Dave's Birthplace
While Dave Matthews Band was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, many might not know that Dave Matthews himself spent the better part of his youth in South Africa. Matthews was born in South Africa, where he spent the first two years of his life. But Matthews' family returned to South Africa in 1977, where he stayed until after finishing high school in 1985.
8. Stefan Lessard
Bass player Stefan Lessard has been in Dave Matthews Band since the start. He joined the band at only 16 years old. Since he was underage, sometimes when they played in bars Lessard would actually have to sneak in.
9. Boyd Tinsley
Violinist Boyd Tinsley just released a movie that he wrote, produced, and composed the music to. Faces In The Mirror is about a man who has to deal with the death of his father. Tinsley has said that part of what inspired him to write the movie was the death of LeRoi Moore.
10. LeRoi Moore
When LeRoi Moore was unable to tour with Dave Matthews Band in the summer of 2008 as the result of an ATV accident, it was the first time since 1993 that a band member had missed a show. It really says something about the commitment in this band, similar to that of U2 who have had the exact same line-up since the start. As most of you know, Moore tragically past away later that summer as a result of his injuries.