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Dave Matthews Talks "Whiskey," LeRoi Moore In Fuse Series

June 2, 2009 1:19 PM ET

Dave Matthews Band's new LP Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, the band's "most electric album yet" as David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone's four-star review, is in stores today, and to celebrate, music channel Fuse has slated a week's worth of DMB events. The programming kicked off yesterday with a broadcast of the band's performance at New York's Beacon Theatre live. And every night at 8 p.m. from tonight until Friday, Fuse will document the making of the LP with a four-part series called The Road to Big Whiskey.

Rock Daily has a sneak preview of the event with three clips from the series. In the video up top, Matthews talks about the meaning behind the name "the GrooGrux King:" It was the nickname of saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who passed away in August 2008 from complications following an ATV accident. "When he used to say something was the shit or something was awesome, he'd say it was 'the GrooGrux,' " Matthews says. As for the "Big Whiskey" portion of the title, a homeless guy outside of a band photo shoot who was asking for money to buy a "big whiskey" inspired the band.

For more clips from The Road to Big Whiskey, see below.

The entire band talks about the passing of LeRoi Moore, how his death brought the band closer together and the saxophonist's legacy:

Matthews and company talk about the new album, the group's first since 2005's Stand Up and DMB's "Best Album Yet" according to Rolling Stone's Hot Issue:

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