Earlier today, Dave Matthews Band was named as one of the nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Official Class of 2020. The 35 Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2 at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Fans can cast their vote for inductees at https://www.rockhall.com/ or in person at the Museum in Cleveland.
With a career spanning 28 years, Dave Matthews Band is one of the most influential bands in rock history. The group has released nine studio albums and numerous live recordings, selling a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined since the 1994 release of its 6x Platinum major label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming. The GRAMMY-winning band's many hits include "What Would You Say," "Crash Into Me," "Too Much," "Everyday," "American Baby," "Funny The Way It Is," "Mercy" and "Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)."
Dave Matthews Band traces its roots back to 1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to record some songs he had written. He sought the assistance of drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville, VA music scene. 16-year-old bassist Stefan Lessard came on board shortly thereafter. Their infectious, distinctive sound garnered lots of early attention and a die-hard loyal fan base, making the band one of the most successful touring acts of the past three decades. Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 24 million tickets to date.
Founding member LeRoi Moore passed away in August of 2008 and the band paid tribute to him with 2009's Platinum-certified Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Today, Dave Matthews Band features longtime collaborators Rashawn Ross (horns), Jeff Coffin (saxophone) and Tim Reynolds (guitar), and newer addition to the lineup, Buddy Strong (keyboards).
With 2018's Come Tomorrow (RCA Records),Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard200.In a Critic's Pick review, The New York Times observed, "willed optimism fills the songs on 'Come Tomorrow,' while cynicism and irony are nowhere within earshot... each song notes the fears and sorrows it's determined to overcome. The music does that, with consolation in its melodies and a life force in its rhythms."
Dave Matthews Band's Bama Works Fund, established in 1999, has raised more than $52 million dollars for humanitarian and environmental initiatives.