Fast Facts

  • Grew up in South Africa, New York and Virginia.
  • Began playing guitar at age 9.
  • At age 19, began working as a clerk at IBM in the same research center where his father had been employed.
  • After moving to Charlottesville, VA, he performed as an amateur actor in several regional productions.
  • Formed his eponymous band in 1991 in Charlottesville, VA, and the group made its first appearance on Earth Day of that year.
  • Released debut album Remember Two Things in 1993.
  • In 1996, won his first Grammy for his vocal performance on "So Much to Say."
  • In January 1997, his band played at President Bill Clinton's inauguration after his reelection.
  • Established Bama Works Fund in 1999 to support charitable programs in Charlottesville, VA.
  • In 2003, released his first solo album Some Devil, which contained the Grammy-winning single "Gravedigger," and made his big-screen acting debut in Where the Red Fern Grows.
  • In 2004, formed Bama Works Village Recovery Fund to aid Asian tsunami victims.
  • The band received the Chairman's Award at the 2004 NAACP Image Awards for its devotion to social and environmental causes.


  • 2010, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2003, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner


  • John Matthews — Father
  • August Oliver — Son
  • Jennifer Ashley Harper — Wife
  • Grace Anne Matthews — Daughter
  • Jane — Sister
  • Stella Busina Matthews — Daughter
  • Anne — Sister
  • Peter Matthews — Brother
  • Val Matthews — Mother


  • Birth Name: David John Matthews
  • Birth Place: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Birthday: January 9, 1967, Capricorn
  • Profession: Musician, Actor
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