Dave Matthews

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Dave Matthews, 2003

Dave Matthews (born January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is the vocalist and guitarist from Dave Matthews Band.

At the age of two, Matthews and his family immigrated to Westchester County, New York, where his father, a physicist, went to work for IBM. Then, in the early 1970s, he moved to Cambridge, England, before returning to New York—where his father died in 1977. The family moved back to South Africa in 1980, where Matthews went to a few different schools.

The key move for Dave Matthews was when he relocated in 1986 to Charlottesville, Virginia, where his parents had lived before he was born. Though he also logged time back in South Africa and in Amsterdam, it was in Charlottesville where Matthews, who took piano lessons as a child before picking up the guitar at age nine, became part of the local music community. His first professional musical performance was at a modern dance performance by the Miki Liszt Dance Company, singing "Sensitive Feelings," composed by John D'earth and Dawn Thompson. It was in 1990 that he hatched the idea to form his own band.

After writing his first few songs, including "The Song that Jane Likes" and "Recently", Matthews who had originally envisioned someone else singing his songs, began to consider starting his own band. Matthews formed The Dave Matthews Band in early 1991 with Boyd Tinsley, Leroi Moore, Carter Beauford, and Stefan Lessard while he was working as a bartender at Miller's in Charlottesville. The band's first performance was on May 11th 1991, at a private rooftop party, held by Lydia Condor at the South Street Warehouse in downtown Charlottesville.

The musician is one of the principals of ATO Records, a music label which he helped found in 2000. Matthews released a solo album in late 2003, Some Devil, which went platinum; its single, "Gravedigger," won a Grammy Award in 2004.

Matthews and his wife, Ashley Harper, have twin daughters born in 2001, Stella and Grace, and split their time between Seattle, Washington and Charlottesville.




  • Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Vol. 2: 09/12/04
  • Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Vol. 1: 12/08/98
  • Dave Matthews Band - The Gorge (6 CD box set)
  • Dave Matthews Band - The Gorge (2 CD & 1 DVD set)











External links

  • Official website (http://www.dmband.com/)
  • DMBTabs.com (http://www.dmbtabs.com/) - Contains tablature for songs from Matthews's solo album as well as songs by the Dave Matthews Band
  • DMB Almanac (http://www.dmbalmanac.com/) - Contains information related to tours and concert setlistsde:Dave Matthews

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