The band spent much of 2000 on tour, playing two or three consecutive nights at venues across the country and finishing the year as the top-grossing rock band in the U.S.
In the fall, Dave Matthews began working with legendary producer Glen Ballard in Los Angeles, planning to fine-tune song arrangements for DMB’s next album. Instead, the pair wound up co-writing 12 brand new songs in a matter of days. The rest of the band soon joined them. Ballard helped the group focus and tighten their arrangements and Matthews played electric guitar for the first time. From this explosion of creative chemistry came the band’s fourth studio album, Everyday, which featured special guests Carlos Santana and Vusi Mahlasela.