Dave Matthews Band Eyeing Next LP, Revisiting 'Lillywhite Sessions'

Band writes new songs, lines up studio time, plans to co-produce.

Dave Matthews Band, the big winners at Sunday's My VH1 Music Awards, will have a new album for fans to vote on at next year's show.

Actually, "new" isn't quite accurate. Matthews said backstage that the band plans to re-record some of what are commonly referred to as "The Lillywhite Sessions" — several songs recorded with longtime producer Steve Lillywhite that were eventually scrapped in favor of the glossier recordings with producer Glen Ballard that became Everyday.

"We're going into the studio in January, maybe try and finish something we started, maybe add something to it," Matthews said. "We'll probably go back to some of those [sessions], but seeing as a lot of that is out [on the Internet], we don't want to be too repetitious. We'll see what we do when we get in there."

Matthews said the band has also written several new songs that it plans to record and co-produce with an unnamed producer. "It will be the first time that we do a lot of it ourselves," he said.

Songs from the sessions, which first leaked on Napster last spring (see "Scrapped Dave Matthews Band Sessions Available On Napster"), include "Busted Stuff," "Grey Street," "Diggin' a Ditch," "Sweet Up and Down," "JTR," "Big Eyed Fish," "Grace Is Gone," "Captain," "Bartender," "Monkey Man," "Kit Kat Jam" and "Raven." Fans of the band launched an online campaign asking to have the album properly released.

The band's studio plans are not a sign it's done with Everyday, said Bruce Flohr, senior vice president of A&R/Artist Development at RCA Records. The band just happened to have some time to hit the studio before it begins touring in March. "We may release another single," Flohr said. "We'll see how long 'Everyday' stays around."

Dave Matthews Band won three awards at the second My VH1 Music Awards — My Favorite Group, Must Have Album for Everyday and Damn I Wish I Wrote That! (Song of the Year) for "The Space Between" (see "Dave Matthews Band Bathes In Fan Flattery At My VH1 Music Awards") — stealing the show from fellow leading nominees U2.

"I didn't even know we were up for [that] many," Matthews joked. "It's a little bit embarrassing, but fun nonetheless. It seems like you should spread the love the a little bit. But it's not my fault."

Violinist Boyd Tinsley, who was on hand to collect the trophies with Matthews, said the My VH1 Music Awards were important because they're voted on by fans. "It means a lot, especially to us," he said. "We're a band that was really built by the fans."