It’s an interesting twist the Dave Matthews Band has taken. Once the scorn of jamband message board armchair critics, the megastars have once again gained respect. All it took was the departure of one member and the serious injury of another.
In an genre where very, very few bands seem to have any sort of continuity either because of bands just calling it quits, untimely deaths, or personnel changes, the little band that could from Charlottesville, Virginia has had a fairly steady stage presence. Their first keyboard player, Peter Griesar, left the band in 1993 before they ever got big (v1.1). They toured with the exact same line-up of Matthews, Carter Beauford (drums), Steffan Lessard (bass), Boyd Tinsley (fiddle), and Leroi Moore (saxophone) (v1.2) from then through 1998, at which point they added Butch Taylor for the better part of the next decade (v1.3).
Taylor left this past May, and a month later, Moore was seriously injured in an ATV accident, forcing him off the road. Which brings us to today.