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Ever wondered who’s influenced the members of Dave Matthews Band? As far as Dave is concerned, the creative imprint of the late James Brown (“Get Up [I Feel Like Being A] Sex Machine”) should be obvious. “What musician has not been influenced by him?” the DMB frontman asks. Now the “Influences” series takes you beyond what Dave thinks is self-evident – from acclaimed singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley (“Last Goodbye”) to a who’s who of vintage artists you’d never have guessed are creative antecedents of Dave Matthews Band: Billie Holiday, Etta James and Dexter Gordon, among others. To hear Dave, bassist Stephan Lessard, violinist Boyd Tinsley, saxophonist LeRoi Moore and drummer Carter Beauford tell it, DMB itself is, in essence, “a fusion of different musical influences.” Listen up and find out what they mean.

 

Tracklist:

1. "Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine" - James Brown
2. "Diane" - Robert Randolph and the Family Band
3. "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
4. "Last Goodbye" - Jeff Buckley
5. "Gideon" - My Morning Jacket
6. "How Deep is the Ocean" - Etta James
7. "Ain't Misbehavin'" - Billie Holliday
8. "Willow" - Joan Armatrading
9. "So Easy" - Dexter Gordon
10. "Chameleon" - Herbie Hancock
11. "Flying High" - Jem
12. "The Star Spangled Banner" - Marvin Gaye