Dave Matthews Band
I've gotten to know Dave pretty well over the years, and especially Boyd Tinsley, the violin player. They formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, and most of the band still lives there. They have unusual instrumentation for a rock band and are fantastic musicians. Dave has written some great political songs that aren't sledgehammer-y or didactic, and he also does really intimate love tunes and songs about mental illness, too. He has a breadth as a songwriter that is pretty astounding.