- 12:45 PM, May 27
Even when they had not yet produced a single album, Dave Matthews Band already has built their own success through their impressive live performances. With an uncommon blend of jazz, rock, funk, folk, world beat, and even Latin grooves, they have displayed what has been considered as something that is uniquely different from what other jam bands commonly do. The results were the extraordinary compositions, either studio or live albums, which mostly sold for millions copies and unquestionably led to Platinum status. This fantastic accomplishment wonderfully also is supported with the solid base of the band's formation and chemistry which the frontman of the band, Dave Matthews, has admitted of. “We just enjoy ourselves and I think the tightness comes from just knowing each other,” he said. “No two takes in the studio ever sound the same either, when we're in there, so it's sort of the same thing. No two nights repeat themselves too much.” Glancing at all of these, it is very proper then to address Dave Matthews Band as one of the greatest music artists in the world.
The inception of the band certainly could not be separated from Dave Matthews himself (born on January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa). A bartender at a jazz club in Charlottesville, Virginia named Miller's, he actually possessed a desire to make a demo tape of the songs he had written before in order to establish his own band. Upon his meeting with Leroi Moore (born on September 7, 1961 in Durham, North Carolina) at his workplace, he asked this seasoned jazz player to assist him adding depth to his tunes. Moore responded positively after he came to Matthews' house with Carter Beauford (born on November 2, 1972 in Charlottesville, Virginia) and listened to few songs that Matthews had recorded. The band shortly thereafter added 16-years-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard (born on June 4, 1974 in Anheim, California) based on the recommendation of the substantial local jazz guru, John D'earth. This was quickly followed by the recruitment of Boyd Tinsley (born on May 16, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia) and Peter Griesar.
As the band was fixed in 1991 with a temporary name of Dave Matthews Band, Matthews took position as the lead vocalist/guitarist, while Moore served as the saxophonist, Beauford as the drummer, Lessard as the bassist, Tinsley as the violinist, and Griesar as the keyboardist. Setting out to build