By Rami Abou-Sabe

Dave Matthews took the summer off from touring with his merry band of musicians for the first time in a quarter century, but that doesn’t mean the 50-year-old musician has been bored. In addition to a recently announced benefit show in the band’s hometown of Charlottesville, members of Dave Matthews Band have been hard at work on a new album.

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On his year off, Matthews has continued to play acoustic shows with his virtuoso partner Tim Reynolds, culminating with the duo’s upcoming headlining slot at Farm Aid 2017. Now the singer-songwriter has revealed he’s been collaborating with drummer and founding band member Carter Beauford. “Me and Carter were recording some music together. We have a lot of stuff,” Matthews told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“So my plan is that we’ll put together some music this fall so we can have something out hopefully the beginning of next year. Hopefully, get it finished before that. I think we have some great music and some stuff that Carter and I worked on that’s added to the pile. There’s a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely.”

Dave’s predicted completion date seems a bit more optimistic than violist Boyd Tinsley‘s 2019 estimate. “I think we’ll finish up the record – I’m not gonna make any ironclad predictions – but I’m sure that we’ll start back on it next year,” Tinsley told Mix 104.1 in March. “And I would imagine that we would probably finish it the year after next.”

The band began road testing unreleased music in 2015 and 2016, notably the slow-burning “Virginia in the Rain,” the jazzy “Black and Blue Bird,” a simple, soaring ballad in “Samurai Cop,” and the vintage pair of tunes “Bismark” & “Bob Law.”

DMB’s still-untilted studio release is being produced by Rob Cavallo who helmed the group’s 2009 GRAMMY-nominated effort Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King.


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