Spring of 2004 found the band members in their Virginia studio, rehearsing for the summer tour and working on new tunes for their next album. Some Devil’s first single, “Gravedigger,” earned Matthews a GRAMMY Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Dave Matthews Band received the Chairman’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards.
Days after the summer tour ended, DMB played a “Concert to Benefit Bay Area Charities” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where they were joined by Carlos Santana on numerous songs. In early October, Dave Matthews Band joined forces with artists such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bonnie Raitt, Pearl Jam and REM on the “Vote for Change” Tour.
Producer Mark Batson, who had met the band after its Los Angeles show, was invited to Virginia to help produce the band’s sixth studio album. DMB Live Trax, a highly anticipated series of exclusive live releases, debuted in the fall with 12.8.98 Centrum, Worcester, MA and 9.12.04 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.