Matthews emigrated from South Africa to the United States late in his teenage years, and eventually settled in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he worked as a bartender in a jazz club. In his free time, he wrote songs, and eventually asked two of his favorite local musicians, Carter Beauford and Leroi Moore, to try some of them out. The three formed the Dave Matthews Band and invited Stefan Lessard to join them. Boyd Tinsley was added to the group later.
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