Dave Matthews Band Taps Mavericks, Bela Fleck

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The Dave Matthews Band has tapped Grammy-winning country rock fusionists The Mavericks to open its George, Washington dates on August 4-6 at the Gorge, with jazz-roots group Bela Fleck & The Flecktones nabbing the opening slot with DMB for September 12­20.

The Nashville-based Mavericks, who recently parted ways with Mercury Nashville after one release, "Super Colossal Smash Hits Of The 90's: The Best Of The Mavericks," first met Matthews more than a year ago.

"They met at the 'All-Star Tribute To Johnny Cash' in New York," said Mavericks manager Frank Callari. "[The Mavericks] were the house band, and they backed Dave Matthews' duet with Emmylou Harris. We hung out, and Dave said they should do something together, so this is his coming through on his promise."

"Super Colossal" marked the fifth major-label release for the two-time Country Music Association Group of the Year. The Mavericks are searching for a new group deal

as well as a solo contract for lead singer Raul Malo. Malo is pooling material for an album while producing a K.T. Oslin project.

Other members also are keeping busy this summer. Bass player Robert Reynolds and drummer Paul Deakin will tour with Kevin Montgomery in August. Additionally, Reynolds is finishing a new single with SWAG, an all-star ensemble with a revolving-door lineup that includes members of Wilco and Cheap Trick.

The Flecktones, whose Columbia debut, "Outbound," comes out July 25, also have established ties with Matthews. DMB drummer Carter Beauford played on two cuts from "Yin Yang" (on Nashville's Compass Records), the Grammy Award-nominated solo album by renowned Flecktone bass player Victor Wooten, and the two musicians paired up for an instructional video recently released on Hudson Music.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, who are currently touring Europe, are scheduled to open for the Dave Matthews Band on the following dates: September 12­13 in

Houston; September 15­16 in Dallas; September 18­19 in St. Louis; and September 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.