Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King

Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King


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Tragedy has a way of putting everything into perspective, a truism that's brought into sharp relief by the Dave Matthews Band. LeRoi Moore, the group's saxophonist, died in 2008, something that shook the DMB to their core and they've responded as any working band does: by carrying on, playing gigs -- including one on the day of his passing -- and finishing the album they were recording at the time of his death, turning Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King into a tribute to their fallen comrade. By saluting his spirit, DMB wind up returning to their roots, jettisoning any of the well-manicured crossover pop of Stand Up and reviving the loose-limbed jams that were their '90s specialty, a sound they've largely abandoned -- at least on record -- since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets. During that long, long decade between Before and Big Whiskey, DMB remained one of America's biggest bands even though much of those ten years found Matthews working through various existential crises -- things got too big so he pulled away from the band, turned out a dark solo record, then came back -- and his namesake band drifted along with him. Here, everything snaps back into focus: what was glossy is now clean and unvarnished; there is no avoidance of their rangy, loping rhythms or predilection for elastic solos; and these signatures -- shunned on record, not on-stage -- are embraced warmly, given muscle, and married to the dark undercurrents that have flowed throughout Matthews' new-millennium writing. Surely, Moore's early death weighs heavily here -- he is the GrooGrux King of the album's title and there are many allusions to him in lyrics -- but Matthews also ties in references to Hurricane Katrina and war, all as part of his wide-open meditations on mortality and morality. Not all of Big Whiskey is about death: there is an equal amount of love tunes, plus one of Matthews' casually vulgar sex songs, all celebrating enduring relationships, providing a counterpoint to the waves of melancholy. But what makes Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King the Dave Matthews Band's richest, and quite possibly best, album is the implicit message that all the love and loss can be felt and shared through the music, that the creation of the music itself is the reason why they're here -- and that's not just a moving tribute to LeRoi Moore, it's a reason for the band to keep moving on.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886974871224
catalogNumber: 748712
Rank: 17538

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Sid Page   Violin
Danny Barnes   Banjo
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
David Campbell   Strings
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello,Celli
Dane Little   Cello,Celli
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
Kim Scholes   Cello,Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Rob Cavallo   Organ,Piano
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums
Susan Chatman   Violin
Joe Lawlor   Guitar
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Bass Guitar
LeRoi Moore   Saxophone
Tim Reynolds   Guitar
Boyd Tinsley   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Celli
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello,Celli
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Nico Abondolo   Bass,Double Bass
Darrin McCann   Viola
Laurence Greenfield   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Philip Vaiman   Violin
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello,Celli
Michele Richards   Violin
Karen Elaine   Viola
Robert Brophy   Viola
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Cello,Celli
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Timothy Eckert   Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Matthews   Composer,Art Direction,Illustrations
David Campbell   Arranger
Doug McKean   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer,Audio Production
Carter Beauford   Composer
Stefan Lessard   Composer
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Tim Reynolds   Composer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Jerry Johnson   Drum Technician,Sax Technician
Eric "Bigg EE" Porter   Bass Technician,Instrument Technician
Craig Baker   Guitar Techician
Rashawn Ross   Composer
Henry Luniewski   Drum Technician
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Valerie Abbott   Original Photography

Customer Reviews

Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This summer, you're going to hear Dave Matthews newest, "Big Whiskey and Groogrux King," at BBQ's, the shore and most of the blasting IPODS around you. The best songs, co-written by Matthews with various band members, feature questions such as, The upbeat, "Shake Me Like a Monkey" asks, "Do you know what it is to feel the light of love inside of you?" The disturbing, "Time Bomb" asks, "When you hit the wall?"/ "Are you gonna learn how to fly?" You can take these questions out of the songs. You'll get answers from their point of view but you can also ponder these questions yourself or with others. It shows how profound Matthews and his co-writers are as songwriters. I liked DMB's previous release, 2005's "Stand Up," but that was a more somber recording. I get a high jolt of adrenaline each time I listen to their latest release. They ready to take on their audience and in turn the audience will welcome them back. The Dave Matthews Band has proven to be a band with depth and soul and now have produced one of their best releases to date. -BobsViews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love DMB and I love this CD!
pops1214 More than 1 year ago
my children love this band and i have listened for years. i have found some songs noteworthy in the past, but i really like this album. good assortment of songs and strong sound. highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DMB is awesome! This CD has many great hits!
skupe More than 1 year ago
If you already like the DMB band, you will love this cd. Beautiful lyrics and great sounds.
stephanie072676 More than 1 year ago
I have been a DMB fan for year and this is the best collection of music I have heard from the group in a while. The emotion and message shows that Dave has found a happy place in his life. We can pretty much follow his life journeys through the DMB albums. This was also a great legacy to a member of the band we all miss. Can't wait to see what else is to come.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd upon it's release in June,and I am still listening to it every day.Dave did the artwork on the cover,and it is most definitely his best work ever.This is a most fitting tribute album to Leroi Moore. I have to quote Dave Matthews and say"If you don't like this cd,you just don't like music"
Candelize More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for a new record from these guys since Stand Up and now it's here! And they did not disappoint! Every DMB album is different and this one is too, what with a Louisianna sound. All of their other songs you can groove, bounce and bob your head too but this album actually has you off your ass and dancing. The lyrics are great too, wisdom and of course those love songs make your toes curl. Reviews have been saying that this is the band's bast work ever and I have to agree. Especially from LeRoi. RIP, man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw them perform on the Today Show and I had to run out right away to pick it up. Not only are they great performers, but Dave has the greatest sense of humor, I love him! Great album!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'm a fan, but there is an abundance of great songs, terrific musicianship, and playful rhythm and melody. You can tell it's important to Dave Mathews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I admit it. I bought this latest for a Dave fix. I really only grabbed on to 2 or 3 songs the first listen through, but the more I listen to it the more I appreciate the style changes and thought provoking lyrics. this has become one of my all time favorite disks ever and also one of my favorite Dave disks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave Matthews and his band always put together music that is easy to like. This album is great and holds up well alongside previous releases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the songs are really liked, others are still out for debate. This is different for this band we think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave's best since Crash or Under the Table and Dreaming. Really every track on this disc is good. I particularly like the hit "Funny the Way it is" ...I also really like you and me.....Dave has always come through for me. He really blends different styles on this album really well in a very interesting way. I really love this album and you will too... If you are a Dave fan in any way, shape or form you will really enjoy this one. I couldn't be more happy with it. I mean lets be real....Dave rocks. totallt totally rocks. you should get this!
VickisMomma More than 1 year ago
I love this Dave Matthews CD. Highly recommend!
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