Dave Matthews Band, The Most Compelling Band Arou

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Dave Matthews Band is a unique, musically gifted band. Its combination of sounds of folk, jazz, rock, world beat, and reggae give it its originality and musicality that extends the bounds of music. The five members of the band: Dave Matthews, Boyd Tinsley, LeRoi Moore, Stefan Lessard, and Carter Beauford, provide a blend of influences that create this originality. It's an interracial music group compromising of three blacks, and two white, and an age difference of over 20 years between members. (Guitar World: "Different Strummer") "Our musical style illustrates our different backgrounds, both musically and non-musically," says Matthews. "We've been influenced not only by pop, but by African music, jazz, just about everything. We incorporate lots of different textures, so we've been able to create a very unique sound -- a very American music." (Relix Magazine: "One Nation Under a Groove") As LeRoi Moore states, " It is this blend of influence that creates the blend of texture.

" (FAQ) This rich texture from the blend of influence is what creates the most compelling band around, Dave Matthews Band.

The band came to be in April 1991, playing its first gig for an Earth Day celebration. Dave Matthews had always dreamed of starting his own band. He approached his favorite jazz players, (who he also served drinks to as a bartender) LeRoi Moore and Carter Beauford to make a demo tape of the songs he had written. Moore and Beauford liked what they heard and decided to stay with Matthews. He also approached Stefan Lessard to play with them, a 16-year-old prodigy bass player. Boyd Tinsley was added to the band after playing the violin in the song, "Tripping Billies" in the album Crash. Soon the band began playing gigs at area bars, fraternities, Universities, They soon later...