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It takes guts to cover a Hendrix song. It takes even more to cover a Hendrix song originally written and recorded by Dylan. But Dave Matthews pulls it off in this live from Central Park cut.
I’ve watched the entire concert, and it’s amazing from start to finish. But Dave’s version of the classic Watchtower is memorizing. Boyd Tinsley’s violin riffs take the place of the classic Hendrix guitar solo, and Matthews backs him up nicely on his acoustic guitar. Click the picture to watch the video, and to watch more videos, visit the JustFindIt4U YouTube Channel.
Dave Matthews Band, sometimes shortened to DMB, is an American rock band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. Founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. Boyd Tinsley was added to the band as a violinist soon after the band was formed. Moore died suddenly in August 2008 due to complications from an ATV accident. Grammy Award-winner Jeff Coffin, of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, has since filled Moore’s spot as the band’s saxophonist. Rashawn Ross and Tim Reynolds have also become full-time touring members of the band. With musicians who each have roots in differing genres, including jazz, classical, soul, rock, bluegrass, and hip-hop, the band has come together to create an eclectic sound which has earned them fans from a variety of quarters. As of 2010, Dave Matthews Band have approximate sales between 30 and 40 million copies worldwide.
The band is known for their annual summer-long tours of the US and Europe, featuring lengthy improvisational renditions of their songs, accompanied by an elaborate video and lighting show. This portion of the tour has become a stamp of DMB and has grown with the band since Fenton Williams began in the early 1990s. After twenty consecutive years of touring the band announced that it is going to take the summer of 2011 off. The band’s most recent album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (the first since Moore’s death) debuted at number one on Billboard 200, giving the band their fifth consecutive number one debut, making them the second band behind Metallica to do so.