An exclusive video previewing Dave Matthews Band's new album and an in-depth conversation with Matthews himself.

From the bluesy sax solo that opens the album, to the inspired songs and performances throughout, it's clear that this one's for LeRoi.

Exclusive: DMB "Groogrux" Preview Video
In this exclusive video preview of the new DMB album, Dave Matthews, Boyd Tinsley, Stefan Lessard and Carter Beauford perform and talk about recording and the death of LeRoi Moore.

"Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King," the Dave Matthews Band's first album since 2005, shows a number of inspirations: producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), the band's maturation and a focus on creating a studio project on a level with the band's potency as one of the most popular live acts in rock history. But it's hard to deny the impact of the loss of founding member LeRoi Moore, who last summer died of complications from injuries suffered in an all-terrain-vehicle accident after work on the album had begun. Even so, the energy around the DMB camp is positive now as the members gear up to promote what they feel could be a career-changing album, due June 2 on RCA.

As part of the Billboard cover story, Dave Matthews sat down to talk about the impact of Moore's death, New Orleans and the making of "Groogrux King" and how being "terrified as a songwriter" is really an asset. [Order Billboard Issue 16 with DMB on the Cover Here.]


Since the start of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991, the Dave Matthews Band ranks ninth in album sales -- and sales of the new album could improve the group's standing.
Artist Album Sales
The Beatles 57.3 million
Metallica 51.5 million
Pink Floyd 35.4 million
U2 33.5 million
Pearl Jam 29.8 million
Eagles 29.6 million
AC/DC 29.5 million
Aerosmith 29.4 million
Dave Matthews
Band
29 million**
Dixie Chicks 26.6 million
Source: Nielsen SoundScan
**excluding Matthews' solo sales

The last time we talked you told me that you didn't think DMB had made the album that equals what you can do live. Do you think you have now?

Dave Matthews: LeRoi was always saying we should be better in the studio than we are live; it just makes sense. I think we finally managed to get it. It doesn't make sense that [if] you could do something sort of extravagant live, if that's where your strengths are, that you shouldn't be able to do something even more wild when you're in the studio. I'm really happy with how this thing turned out, [we had] a lot of fun making it. I just think we managed to find our groove.

I feel really good about what we managed to do, how hard we worked. We were really committed to getting it right from the beginning. We had a couple of obstacles and we rose to the challenges pretty well.

It's a nice touch that LeRoi's saxophone solo opens the record.

I'd been thinking about using that piece of music that he played at the beginning when we started writing the record through some improvisations. That was just one piece I thought, "Man, that's just got to make it on the record." It's hard to duplicate something like that that happens off the cuff.

I was trying to figure out how to get it on the record, then it just dawned on me if we were going to start with "Shake Me," that we should definitely go into "Shake Me" with that piece that 'Roi did. When I sang it to Rob [Cavallo] and Doug [McKean] the engineer, it came out of the air. Through the wonders of technology, we imitated the spirit of what I said and I think it's really appropriate that Roi be the first voice on the record.

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