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Ants Podcast 101/102: Fall/Euro Tours and all Implications

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:37am on Thursday, Apr 11th, 2019

Now that the European Tour is complete and our schedules have aligned, there’s a lot to discuss. We cover the latest DMB news, plus we dive into the current heated topics among the community. Including discussion of the song selection during the European show and implications (or not) for the upcoming Summer Tour. And a look at how the band’s sound and setlists have changed over the years. Plus we take your questions! Available wherever fine podcasts are found.

You may notice that we've listed both episode 101 and 102 in the title. We recorded E101 back when the Batson Sessions had just leaked, so that recording took precedence and E101 was never officially "released." Today, we right that wrong. Enjoy the double double, with chopped chilis!

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DMB 2019 Summer Tour Dates - Latest Rumors

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 12:30pm on Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019

What better escape from a winter weather blast than to picturing yourself standing on some slightly sore feet but you're with 10,000 others and in front of you is a setting sun, bright lights and some jamming tunes. Ah yes, it's time to start thinking about the Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2019 and what better way than with the latest rumored tour dates.

Tour date rumors are vital to touring fans so we can get an early jump on travel planning before the travel gouging starts. We try to do our best to tap community friendly insiders to get you tour dates prior to the official announcement. (In fact we had all the dates compiled for the fall tour prior to the announcement.) A big thank you to community insiders that share and help the hardcore fan community. Do you have some inside intel on a tour date? (Don't keep secrets, help a hippie out!) Come share with other dedicated fans (anonymously is an option). Head over to the 2019 Rumor thread.

With already 18 dates in Europe from early March to early April, and from what we're hearing commitments to play in late September, DMB aren't looking to slow up for 2019.

Announced this week, DMB will be playing the 50th anniversary New Orleans JazzFest on Saturday May 4th. This will be the 8th full band appearance for the band at the festival, a DMB festival staple you could argue. D&T played the festival recently in 2017 and the last full band appearance was was in 2013. That year DMB did a few Deep South tour dates around the festival and its looking like they will again this year. What we aren't sure of yet is if JazzFest be the first. Rumor has it DMB may also play the Beale Street Music Festival either the day before or the day after JazzFest, and yesterdays tweet from them stokes hope.

Further Deep South rumor has DMB playing Pelham, AL a few days later on May 7th, playing Charlotte, NC on the 10th (a city that typically bounces between May or July dates), and then May 11th playing Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, which would be a first for the band (though Dave just visited and performed a few weeks ago as part of the Willie Nelson tribute show that will air later this year on the A&E channel.) The music city has been greatly DMB neglected, with just a show 10 years ago in 2009 and not much else outside of the 90's.

Next up is the Texas run, however at this point no Austin show is known, which may not be a surprise after light crowds last year. Woodlands on May 17th and Dallas on May 18th. Following Texas there is a gap without any known tour dates until May 25th in Atlanta. You might assume something like Brandon, MS and Rogers, AR during that window.

June rumors are quiet for the first half of the month but pickup with an expected two night stand in Camden, NJ on June 15th with the 2nd night either falling on 14th or 16th. Then a show for Bethel, NY on June 18th. Bethel, host of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, is one of two locations of Woodstock 50th anniversary festivals going on in August. With a June Bethel date this would seem to rule out DMB for the Bethel Woodstock festival. Then the Xfinity combo with Mansfield, MA on June 21 and Hartford, CT on June 22nd. (Still puzzling why these two cities no longer get two night stands.) And to round out June, a two night stand at the just released Live Trax venue of Deercreek (ie Noblesville, IN) on the 28th and 29th.

Then comes the monster month of July with multiple summer tour staples and the band likely peaking prior to the traditional early August break. First rumored, Cincinnati on July 2nd then up to Tinley Park on July 3rd. An interesting rumor considering DMB hasn't played there for 10 years in favor for other areas, but not out of left field as band enjoys spending the 4th of July holiday in Chicago, IL. All of this sets up the band for the most controversial tour schedule topic of recent times, Alpine Valley. That's right, Alpine is again rumored back following much fervor and outlash last summer about the perceived return for it only to be left out in what management called “fan preference” for Northerly Island (cue the hysteria.) While inside info on Alpine has been a bit dynamic over the last month, the latest we're hearing is the 4th of July weekend on the 5th and 6th. (inhale, exhale.)

July power venues continues with a return to east coast mecca SPAC on the same weekend as last year with July 12th and 13th very firm. Then, a hopefully not rained out Bristow, VA on July 20th followed by the Florida run. West Palm Beach on July 26th and 27th, and interestingly rumored is a return to Jacksonville, FL on the 23rd, a city not typically visited outside of 2014 show there. Tampa would make logical sense for the 24th, but no such info at this point.

Following an early August break not much is known yet on where the band will pick back up. If no Syracuse show is announced, a place they have played the last couple of years, that may be a tip that DMB will be back to the area to play the other Woodstock 50 festival in Watkins Glen, NY during Aug. 16-18. Though being just a 3 day festival that desires to have a diverse music genre, it may be tough for DMB to be one of the headliners (though at Woodstock 99 they didn't headline.) A couple interesting cities being mentioned but no specific dates are Sioux Falls, SD, Des Moines, IA, and Missoula, MT. Wait, Montana!? DMB has played just one show in MT back in 1994, what a gem that would be. Could these underplayed cities get shows in 2019 as rumors are claiming?

Rounding out the summer is the expected (and total shock to not occur) Labor Day/Dave Weekend at The Gorge Aug 30th - Sep 1st. Portland is also rumor confirmed, as is Sacramento, CA, a city DMB band hasn't played since 2006. However the rest of a west coast run is not known yet, though hearing at the least DMB will be together playing in late September (though it may not be part of the initial tour announcement.)

Outside of that Pittsburgh and St. Louis have been rumored confirmed but don't know the specific dates. And currently no rumors dates on Canada, but skipping would be a surprise given the increased play in recent years, including during the 2018 Fall/Winter Tour. Taking into account the current rumored dates a logical schedule for Canada and Pittsburgh would be first half of June.

As with all of this, do we really need to do a disclaimer in a write-up specifically about rumors and speculation? Listen, planning a cross country tour of one of the biggest bands on the road is not like planning your route through the grocery store (or maybe it is.) Dates and venues change as they negotiate and compete with other tours. ProTip: If you book travel prior to the official announcement, make sure it's changeable or refundable. [end obviousness]

If rumblings (and tradition) holds, all of our speculation will be put to rest relatively soon, with the tour announcement coming next week (if final arrangements get completed.) Until then, snowed-in summer daydreaming continues (in my head they are playing The Stone.)

Special shout out and thanks to Ants member Chadizzy1 as community rumor curator, and Cscottrun as rumor sourcer.

Cville: Exclusive Rockbridge Tour and Demo Experience

Posted by Joe M in Site News at 5:17pm on Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2018

The hometown Charlottesville show is just around the corner, and for those that are attending the show we have an amazing unique opportunity for a select few to participate in; An exclusive and personal Rockbridge Guitar Shop Experience!

If you aren’t familiar with Rockbridge Guitars they are the maker of the acoustic guitar that Dave Matthews primarily uses. You may have seen the new black jumbo acoustic guitar this tour in photos or if you were at a show. But Dave isn’t the only major musician that uses Rockbridge Guitars. They are also popular among many other talented musicians, including Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, Warren Haynes, Joseph, etc.

The guitar shop where they are all made is in downtown Charlottesville. They make some of the most beautiful guitars, some with unique and custom inlays. You may have seen the rhino inlay guitars over the summer that were raffled off for preservation causes.

As part of this Ants/Rockbridge experience you’ll get a personal tour of the guitar shop by co-founder/owner Brain Calhoun and also an opportunity to demo one of the guitars. Rockbridge is a very custom and specialty guitar shop where guitars are made by hand and aren’t mass produced. And as for what you’d expect with such a specialty maker, the shop is very small and not designed for any kind of crowd (think hotel room sized). So, there is a limited capacity and it unfortunately can’t be opened up to everyone (sorry!). To narrow down those interested and also prioritize those that can fully appreciate the experience, we have to give preference to musicians that play acoustic guitar.

So if you’re a musician, available at the specified time and interested here are the details and how to enter to be part of this experience.

When: Saturday for a portion of time between 2pm and 4pm, not the whole time (will be small groups at different times.)
Where: Downtown off the walking mall.
Who: You (the musician) and a +1.
How: Please send an email to staff -at- antsmarching.org with subject ‘Rockbridge Experience’. In the email include your name and your current/historical acoustic experience and any other reason we should know about (serious buyer, etc). We’ll narrow down the list from there and contact submitters with additional details (specific timing, address, etc.)

We're excited to offer this great experience and looking forward to all the other great activities coming this weekend in Cville! If you can't make it, you can still check out Rockbridge Guitars via their website.

Live Trax 46: Peek Your Holiday Gift

Posted by Joe M in Live Releases at 6:44am on Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2018

Dave Matthews Band have announced likely one of your Christmas/Holiday gifts for the year, Live Trax 46: 7/7/18 from Deer Creek, I mean, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN. Preorders are taking place now, and if you do you'll get an eight track Summer Tour 2018 Extended bonus disk (more on that later.) Shipments and digital downloads happen on December 7th (the day of the Boston fall tour show) and also in time for your significant other to get it wrapped.

The show is the 2nd night of the two night stand. You may recall that the first night was live broadcast on SiriusXM, making the night two show a better fit for release (Pig and The Stone be damned.) But night two was new touring band member Buddy Strong's birthday (with fan serenade), and the birthday man himself spoke with Relix Magazine and described the show (and the Two Step particularly) as “the happiest I’ve been about music in a long, long time. That was the best night I’ve had with this band. [Drummer Carter Beauford] started playing, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we’d released the beast." Turns out that was the first time Buddy played Two Step "period" (we discuss this on Ants Podcast 99), and was quite taken by where the song goes live.

The show features 20 songs, 5 from new album Come Tomorrow and 5 from Under the Table and Dreaming mark the largest album presence. Surprisingly it's a show without Samurai Cop or Louisiana Bayou, the top played 2018 summer tour songs, but don't worry the bonus disk picks up the slack. Typical opener of That Girl Is You is nice to have official live release of full band version. While the 6th official live release of Can't Stop, this will be the first of the newer Carter focused style. Personal tour highlight of Lying in the Hands of God with the American Baby Intro Outro with Bourbons & Lacs horns makes it as part of this show, along with fan favorite Dancing Nancies into Warehouse. And finally the highlight of the live show (not as much the release) is the 21 minute Two Step (only 1 of 2 from 2018 summer tour.)

The pick of the latest Live Trax as a 2018 show is an obvious emphasis on the latest album and if that wasn't enough, the extended bonus deal seals the deal. Four of the eight bonus tracks are from Come Tomorrow, making a total of 8 Come Tomorrow tracks as part of this release, leaving only 4 off; She (a bit of a surprise that it doesn't show up), When I'm Weary (features Batson, and guests seem to be avoided for releases), Black and Blue Bird (previously released on Live Trax, no sweat), and Virginia In The Rain (they aren't playing the album version live). 2018 tour veteran Louisiana Bayou, and to a lesser extent Stand Up also appear on the bonus disk. Your feelings toward the bonus disk likely mimic your filings from the 2018 tour. Reminder: you need to order through the Warehouse to get the full 8 track bonus.

PreOrder your copy now, or at it to your gift wish list. Live Trax 46: Warehouse Preorder. Public Preorder.

Oh yea, and the 2019 DMB calendar is available for preorder too (which let's be honest - it's mainly a photo book at this point, right? Is anyone still using physical calendars?)

Ants Podcast 99: The Batson Sessions

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 3:03pm on Sunday, Oct 14th, 2018

Two discs that contain genuine unreleased studio recordings from the Mark Batson era are making their rounds on the Internet. And so we had to call an emergency podcast session to talk about this latest development. In this pod we talk about the history of these sessions dating back to 2006 and what we know up to this point. Also high-level feelings about the recordings, but a much deeper look into why there is a stark difference between the amount of music the band creates vs how much it releases.

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The Batson Sessions: DMB Studio Recordings from 2006 Leaked

Posted by Matt Yette in Leaks at 3:23pm on Friday, Oct 12th, 2018

In what appears to be a major leak of unreleased studio material, two discs worth of sessions from the Stand Up era are in circulation. After nearly 12 years under lock and key, and nearly three months since these rumors first broke, Ants can confirm that these two discs contain genuine unreleased studio recordings from the Mark Batson era, and are making their rounds on the Internet. Longtime, hardcore fans would be forgiven if that sentence instills a sense of deja vu; In early 2001, shortly after the release of Everyday, the sessions that had been recorded with Steve Lillywhite, and ultimately aborted, found their way to the Internet as well, and are affectionately referred to today as "The Lillywhite Sessions."

Well, it appears that Mr. Lillywhite has some company. "The Batson Sessions," apparently from two separate recording efforts in 2006, have leaked. Three disks at a minimum are known to be part of the Batson Sessions. Two of those discs at this point have leaked. Each disc representing a different studio sessions; 1 from Spring of 2006 with 16 tracks and another from Winter 2006 with 17 tracks. 15 tracks are up to this point unheard, and contain 18 alternate versions of songs we already have heard. Why "The Batson Sessions?" you may ask? For those not familiar, Mark Batson was the producer on the band’s 2005 release, Stand Up, and news at the time had the band and Mr. Batson eager to return to the studio, with claims that there was a bunch more material to be laid down. Rumors persisted that Stand Up Part 2 was imminently on its way. That ultimately never came to fruition, and the band would move onto Rob Cavallo for their next album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. The wave of material that was supposedly recorded never saw the light of day, and very little evidence of the sessions has since come out.

That all changed back in July of this year, when a photo began circulating amongst the fanbase of three "demo" CDs. The conversation spilled onto the Ants Forums, and a grassroots community effort made attempts to get access to the discs. While hope was high that the discs could be obtained and ultimately spread throughout a community clamoring for unreleased Dave Matthews Band material, the thread initially ran cold and it was assumed that efforts were unsuccessful. Whether those efforts are directly connected to recent events, or if the discs made it out via other means, the community’s wishes appear to have been granted.

Track List:
Disk 1: Session 1 - Spring (4-21-06)
  • Kill The King
  • Break Free
  • Can't Stop
  • Sister
  • Idea Of You
  • Come On
  • Blackjack
  • Fonz
  • Early Home
  • Ask
  • Break For It
  • Situation
  • Soprano Guitar
  • Recovered
  • ABC
  • Robert Randolph

Disk 2: Session 2 - Winter (12-16-06)
  • There Are Ghosts
  • Bullets And Rum
  • Idea Of You
  • Break Free
  • Red Glare
  • Early Home
  • #27
  • Cornbread
  • Shotgun
  • Come On
  • Blackjack
  • Drive Me Away
  • Scream Into The Grave (Outro)
  • Sister
  • Celebrate
  • Can’t Stop
  • Break For It
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Ants Podcast 98: Review of Gorge N2

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:46am on Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2018

Gorge Night 2 gets blessed with a new guest, and an amazing performance of Last Stop. Where did that come from, and will they sustain this momentum for night 3?

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Ants Podcast 97: A Theory by Matt and Gorge 2018

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 2:12pm on Wednesday, Sep 5th, 2018

Matt and Joe have arrived in George, WA and are ready to get down to business! They broadcast live from poolside at Sunserra resort and offer their thoughts on the (then) upcoming three night stand at the Gorge. Matt drops an interesting theory about how you are introduced to the band ultimately affects your perspective and taste in DMB (or any band). We're psyched for an amazing weekend!

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Ants Podcast 96: Adios, Mono Loco

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:40pm on Sunday, Jul 22nd, 2018

We try not to let the loss of an Ants staple get us down, so we remember the great times it created. We say goodbye to Mono Loco, the Ants HQ of Charlottesville, VA and a place where so many Ants met and celebrated together. But back on tour, four new shows are in the books and we discuss if there is such a thing as a SPAC hangover. Plus, the tour takes on a new ‘guests’ theme, and one particular show gets some unwanted attention. Also, Dave makes new comments about Boyd’s exit, drama in the setlist game standings, and we take on your #AntsPodcast questions.

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Dave Talks Boyd on iHeartRadio Podcast

Posted by Matt Yette in Radio Appearances at 1:03pm on Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2018

Image Courtesy Forbes.com
A recent episode (premiering today) of podcast-newcomer iHeartRadio's series, "Inside the Studio," features a relatively intimate interview with Dave Matthews himself. Now, Dave Matthews has done plenty of interviews, and you could make an argument that most of them aren't all that noteworthy to the greater DMB fan community. However, this one stands somewhat alone in that Dave proves to be quite forthcoming about some major topics still in heated discussions within the community. Forbes.com has a write-up summarizing the interview, and there are some eye-popping comments.

The topic currently of most interest to the not-so-casual Dave Matthews Band fan would have to be the mystery and events surrounding the exit of long-time violinist Boyd Tinsley. On that topic, Dave dives in: "I think from the beginning we've been open to improvisation, to letting things go, but everything changes. I'd been struggling a bit with the band, with the sound of the band, or where we'd been going, and I think that's what led to Boyd stepping away. I think that bringing in Buddy Strong, there's this new ingredient that has changed all of us. And everyone changes. It's like, we're all looking at each other, thinking a whole different way."

Matthews continues: "There's been apprehension for a long time. I know the guys agree that Boyd certainly was a big part of the early part of the band, and it's remained because he's been there from the beginning, his powerful personality. He was there on stage, but, in rehearsals or in the studio his focus was really, it felt like to us, not in the room. And so, he was his own whirling dervish or his own storm, but that really worked beautifully sometimes. Other times it was very disoriented or seemed disconnected, and it was a frustration, and there was a lot of confrontation. But I'm a fiercely loyal person, and it took a long time for me to say, "Look, we need more from you. We need more focus on us." In that time when we're meant to be focusing on what we're doing, I've been having a really frustrating time getting to feel like he was putting in anything more than the bare minimum, and to get him to cop to that. That frustration, in combination with his own personal things led him to follow my advice and go to look after himself."

While that may be as forthcoming as we've seen Dave with regards to the in-band dynamic with regards to Boyd, the interview also brought us some other interesting nuggets, especially as it relates to Come Tomorrow. "In a weird way, it feels like this is the best stuff I've done, and I think GrooGrux was the most focused album because in the middle of it we lost LeRoi, so it had this real purpose that was behind it too, which was to pay homage," said Matthews. We'll let the community debate whether or not they agree with Dave that the latest album is the best stuff he's done, and we've shared our own thoughts on a previous version of the Ants Podcast. Dave also talks about his political views as well as what turning 50 has meant for his songwriting. All in all, a very interesting read (or listen). Check it out at forbes.com
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