Dave Matthews Band Official Band of ESPN’s 2009 College Football Coverage
ESPN Networks to Feature Songs from Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King plus Others throughout the Season
The Grammy Award-winning Dave Matthews Band will serve as the official band of ESPN’s college football coverage from the kickoff of the season to the conclusion of the BCS National Championship Game on ABC on Jan. 7, providing 10 songs – seven from their new album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King — for game and studio telecasts across multiple platforms. The other three songs will come from the albums Crash and Under the Table and Dreaming.
The music will be featured in various ways during game and studio telecasts, including as the networks go to and return from commercial breaks, in highlight montages and for promotions of upcoming programs and show segments across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN International.
On occasion, the song will be accompanied by a video montage of Dave Matthews Band concert performance footage and college football highlights. Every Saturday Night Football Presented by Southwest Airlines telecast on ABC will feature a 45-second montage of first-half highlights at the beginning of the second half.
Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, available for purchase at http://www.davematthewsband.com, has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in June 2009, marking the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to enter the chart in the top position – thus tying Dave Matthews Band and Metallica as the only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums bow at No. 1.
Dave Matthews Band is Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) and Boyd Tinsley (violin). With more than 15 million tickets sold, it is the highest-grossing American act of all time.