My Fantasy Band: Dave Matthews

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Vocals Marvin Gaye

I don't think there's ever been a better singer than Marvin Gaye. I'm a fan of his from top to bottom.

Guitar Joan Armatrading & Bonnie Raitt

Very few people know how great a guitar player Joan is. She doesn't follow a path that was cut before her. My favourite record of hers is probably "Show Some Emotion". Bonnie Raitt is awesome too.

Banjo Danny Barnes

He's this tall blond dude from Texas. He once told me: "Dave, when you talk like I do and play the banjo, people assume you're stupid." But he brings the funk.

Organ Ivan Neville

He plays the keys like nobody's business. He's funky so he should play the organ.

Bass Victor Wooten

If someone held a gun to my head, and the only way to get out of it was to scientifically choose who the greatest bass guitar alive was, I'd choose Victor.

Drums Carter Beauford

He's maybe in my band but I reckon he's caused more drummers to give up drumming than any other, because he's too good and they give up. But then he's probably inspired lots of people to pick up drumsticks for the first time too.

The Dave Matthews Band's album 'Big Whiskey' and the GrooGrux King is out now. They play Brixton Academy 25 and 26 June, Hard Rock Calling 28 June and Wolverhampton Civic Hall 29 June