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We have some new pictures from the studio where the Dave Matthews Band is recording the currently untitled new album. One of which is Tim Reynolds playing the sitar in the traditional style with shoes removed. The sitar (an Indian long neck lute) is not new to Tim. He began playing it during the 1980’s. It's one in a line of many instruments Tim can play outside his domination of the acoustic and electric guitar, they include the bass, piano, mandolin, violin, and many ethnic percussion instruments (to name a few). Tim also played electric sitar on Some Devil's Too High and Dave on So Damn Lucky, though the electric sitar is quite different than its parent. Even though the band is in the final stages of recording, this doesn't mean it will make the cut to the album. They routinely record more music than what appears on the album, but it's great to see the band not going 'cookie cutter' in the studio.
There are also a number of other photos, including Carter Beauford's traditional Yamaha drum set and the studios Yamaha grand piano in the background (though piano's are commonly found in studios.) Interestingly in the picture of the drum set, the kit is elevated with a "backdrop" and there is ground lighting of the drum kit. Why all the trouble? Could they be recording some footage in the studio for the music video to the bands first single? Or special bonus material? Just thought I'd throw that out there. Also are some pictures of Dave's guitars from the studio. It appears nothing was left behind; with acoustic and electric both making appearances. They include; Taylor, Gibson, Danelectro, and the Veillette Gryphon (small high tuned guitar, ex: Idea of You, and yes, Shotgun). Producer Rob Cavallo additionally had a guitar made for Dave that looks like a Fender Stratocaster. Also pictured is the well-played favorite 6-string Taylor 914C with its wear and tear following the path of Trigger, Willie Nelsons guitar. Follow the link to check out the studio pictures.
The Dave Matthews Band last week entered the studio to record for the new album that is expected to drop on April 14th. They recorded at the Piety Street Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA. The studio is located in the history packed ninth-ward and also goes by the name ‘Bywater’ (not Bayou). It is quite unique in its set up in an older building with large windows and accross the street from a dog park. Quite obvisously not your high end studio like Plant Studios where the band recorded Before These Crowded Streets and Busted Stuff. "Piety Street has all the power of the best studios anywhere, but it feels so much less threatening and costs less, too.", says Mark Bingham, sudio owner/engineer. Energy was high going into the recording. "I have a vision, with Leroi in my heart, I want the soul of the band to shine! I am on a mission.", twits Stefan Lessard. Initial feedback from the recording is very positive. We’ve gotten some pictures from the studio from Rashawn Ross (trumpet), where he teases the fans with some musical notation. Also seen in the pictures is producer Rob Cavallo. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the process as information develops.