In an upcoming Rolling Stone article Dave Matthews discusses the new studio album "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King".
Dave says "This is a good record." "Even people who don't like Dave Matthews Band are going to like this record - and if they don't, then they just don't like music."
New track names from Big Whiskey were also revealed in the article. "Dive In", "Spaceman", "Time Bomb", "Shake Me Like A Monkey", and "Squirm", both of which had previously been twittered by Dave. "Why I Am" is another rumored track as well as "Lying in the Hands of God", which was mentioned in a previous Rolling Stone article.
Dave boasts "There's so much LeRoi on this record" and describes the overall sound of the album spanning several moods. While writing the lyrics to the new songs Dave kept in mind LeRoi Moore's advice about great music being honest.
Dave has been using the micro-blogging network "Twitter" to post his random thoughts and connecting with fans. His most recent twitter mentions scribbling the cover art for the new album. Months ago he posted, "I think all the music on the next cd is gonna be new music. Just because"
Though the complete "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King" track list has not yet been officially announced by Dave Matthews Band management, we now know names of 8 songs and they are all new and previously unheard. Will there be a "Shotgun or "Corn Bread" on the new album? By the sounds of it, probably not, but we will see soon enough.
Dave explained the recording process, playing hundreds of fragments and then picking some of them and working on them more extensively.
ATO Records got a sneak peak at a listening party last week describing the new album as "a mix between 1998’s “Before These Crowded Streets” and Matthews’ 2003 solo effort “Some Devil."
The Spring Tour begins in 2 weeks at Madison Square Garden and the new album hits stores on June 2nd, 2009.
UPDATE: Check out a video preview of Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. (This is the intro being described in the Rolling Stone article.)