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Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King
BigWhiskeyTheGrooGruxKing
Type Studio album
Released June 2, 2009
Recorded November 2007 – January 2009 at Haunted Hollow, Charlottesville, Virginia; Studio Litho, Seattle, Washington; Studio X, Seattle, Washington; and Piety Street Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana
Length 1:10:30 (Standard edition)
50:09 (European edition)
Label RCA Records
Producer Rob Cavallo

Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King is the seventh studio album by Dave Matthews Band, released on June 2, 2009 through RCA Records.

Releases

Notes

  • This is the first studio album since the death of founding member LeRoi Moore. Included on the album are some of LeRoi's recordings taken during pre-production of the album.
  • Tim Reynolds makes his first appearance on a studio album since Before These Crowded Streets.
  • Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin make their first appearances on a studio album.
  • This is the first studio album produced by Rob Cavallo.
  • The title of the album is derived from two scenarios. "GrooGrux" is a nickname used for Carter Beauford, LeRoi Moore, and Tim Reynolds describing their vibe and energy with the rhythms they create together. "Big Whiskey" originated from a photo shoot the band did to promote the album. A drunken man asked the band for money to buy a "big whiskey" prompting Rashawn Ross to insist that it be used in the title.

Track listings

Standard edition

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Grux"  Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley 1:12
2. "Shake Me Like a Monkey"  Beauford, Lessard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley, Rashawn Ross 4:01
3. "Funny the Way It Is"  Beauford, Lessard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley, Tim Reynolds 4:27
4. "Lying in the Hands of God"  Beauford, Lesssard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley, Reynolds 5:13
5. "Why I Am"  Beauford, Lesssard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley, Reynolds 3:54
6. "Dive In"  Beauford, Matthews 4:27
7. "Spaceman"  Beauford, Lessard, Matthews 4:08
8. "Squirm"  Beauford, Matthews 5:32
9. "Alligator Pie"  Beauford, Lessard, Matthews 3:59
10. "Seven"  Beauford, Lessard, Matthews, Moore, Reynolds 4:17
11. "Time Bomb"  Matthews 3:59
12. "Baby Blue"  Beauford, Lesssard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley, Reynolds 3:41
13. "You & Me" / "#35"  Matthews / Beauford, Lessard, Matthews, Moore, Tinsley 5:40

European edition

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
14. "Write a Song"  Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Dave Matthews, LeRoi Moore, Boyd Tinsley 3:50
15. "Corn Bread" (feat. Danny Barnes)Matthews, Mark Batson 4:54

Little Red Bird

          See also: Little Red Bird
Those who purchased the super deluxe boxset of Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King also received Little Red Bird, an EP containing four tracks from the recording sessions that didn't make the final cut.

iTunes pass

Starting on April 21, 2009 iTunes gave users the ability to purchase a pass to obtain exclusive content related to the release of Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King. Items were released through the online store on a weekly basis until the release of the full album.

No. TitleRelease date Length
1. "Funny the Way It Is"  April 21 4:27
2. "Dave Talking About the Art" (video)April 28 0:55
3. "Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King Trailer" (video)April 28 1:53
4. "Scenes from Big Whiskey, Pt. 1" (video)May 5 4:10
5. "Scenes from Big Whiskey, Pt. 2" (video)May 12 7:36
6. "Shake Me Like a Monkey"  May 19 4:01
7. "Lying in the Hands of God"  May 26 5:13
8. "Corn Bread" (live, 2007/10/07 at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California)June 2 5:32
9. "Funny the Way It Is" (music video)June 16 4:27
10. "Scenes from Big Whiskey, Pt. 3" (video)June 23 5:08
11. "Scenes from Big Whiskey, Pt. 4" (video)June 30 12:11
12. "Write a Song"  June 30 3:50
13. "Shake Me Like a Monkey" (live, 2009/06/13 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York)July 28 4:04
14. "Alligator Pie" (live, 2009/06/01 at Beacon Theatre, New York, New York)August 4 4:22
15. "Beach Ball" (live, 2009/05/01 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas)August 11 6:36
16. "Why I Am" (music video)August 25 4:04
17. "You & Me" (acoustic version)September 1 4:19
18. "Lying in the Hands of God" (live, 2009/06/12 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York)September 1 6:27
19. "Time Bomb" (live, 2009/06/06 at Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut)September 1 5:29
20. "You & Me" (live, 2009/06/12 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York)September 1 4:34
21. "iTunes LP: Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" (interactive iTunes LP)September 9  

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Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King
Track listing"Grux" • "Shake Me Like a Monkey" • "Funny the Way It Is" • "Lying in the Hands of God" • "Why I Am" • "Dive In" • "Spaceman" • "Squirm" • "Alligator Pie" • "Seven" • "Time Bomb" • "Baby Blue" • "You & Me" • "#35"
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Dave Matthews Band discography
Studio albumsRemember Two Things (1993) • Under the Table and Dreaming (1994) • Crash (1996) • Before These Crowded Streets (1998) • Everyday (2001) • Busted Stuff (2002) • Stand Up (2005) • Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (2009) • Away from the World (2012)
Extended playsRecently (1994) • Little Red Bird (2009) • The Haiti Relief Project (2010)
Compilation albumsThe Lillywhite Sessions (2001) • The Best of What's Around Vol. 1 (2006) • Live Trax (2007)
Live albumsRemember Two Things (1993) • Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95 (1997) • Listener Supported (1999) • Live in Chicago 12.19.98 at the United Center (2001) • Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado (2002) • The Central Park Concert (2003) • The Gorge (2004) • Weekend on the Rocks (2005) • Live at Piedmont Park (2007) • Live at Mile High Music Festival (2008) • Europe 2009 (2009) • Live in New York City (2010) • Live at Wrigley Field (2011) • Live in Atlantic City (2011) • Live on Lakeside (2011)
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DMBLive series07/28/9212/21/9201/27/9304/10/9304/22/9306/13/9303/02/9403/26/9404/26/9410/22/9411/26/9402/08/9502/25/9503/25/9504/07/9505/10/9507/20/9509/09/9610/24/9603/03/9910/24/0203/29/0301/09/04
Video albumsListener Supported (1999) • The Videos 1994–2001 (2001) • Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado (2002) • The Central Park Concert (2003) • The Gorge (2004) • Weekend on the Rocks (2005) • Live at Piedmont Park (2007) • Europe 2009 (2009) • Away from the World DVD (2012) • Live Trax Vol. 28 (2013) • Live Trax Vol. 32 (2014)
Side projectsLive at Luther College (1999) • True Reflections (2003) • Some Devil (2003) • Live at Bonnaroo (2004) • Live at Radio City (2007) • Live in Las Vegas (2010)
Warehouse packages20002002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Warehouse pre-ordersLive at... A Limited Edition Companion to Some Devil (2003) • Live at... A Limited Edition Companion to The Central Park Concert (2003) • A Limited Edition Companion to Stand Up (2005) • The Best of What's Around Vol. 1 Encore CD (2006) • Europe 07 (2007) • 2007 Summer Tour Sampler (2007) • Live Trax 2008 (2008) • Double Down (2010) • Big Apple Bonus Disc (2010) • Greetings from Bader Field (2011) • 2012 Summer Tour Sampler (2012)
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