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Published: 2012/07/17

Dave Matthews Band Releases New Single "Mercy"

With the release of their seventh studio album less than two months away, Dave Matthews Band has revealed their first single and album art for the Steve Lillywhite-produced, Away From the World. “Mercy” will serve as the lead single, which hits iTunes and all digital formats today along with a full album pre-order.

Matthews first debuted the delicate, acoustic number with a solo performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for Fallon’s special episode with President Barack Obama. The band has since played the song multiple times during their 2012 Summer Tour along with five others. The cover art for Away From the World and the “Mercy” single, much like 2009’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, were hand-illustrated by Matthews.

Fans who preorder the album via iTunes will receive five additional live bonus tracks from the band’s 2012 Summer Tour (“Gaucho”, “Sweet”, and “Mercy” are listed so far). If you are a member of the band’s official fan association, The Warehouse, you will receive eight live bonus tracks with the album pre-order. As previously reported, Away From the World is set for release on September 11.

Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour takes aim at South Florida this weekend, with shows in Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL before beginning a West Coast run.

Dave Matthews Band Tour Dates

07/18 Tampa, FL—1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre (*)
07/20 West Palm Beach, FL—Cruzan Amphitheatre (*)
07/21 West Palm Beach, FL—Cruzan Amphitheatre (*)
08/31 George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre (%)
09/01 George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre (%)
09/02 George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre (%)
09/07 Chula Vista, CA—Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (^)
09/08 Irvine, CA—Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (^)
09/09 Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre (^)

(*) w/Tower of Power
(%) w/The Avett Brothers and Allen Stone
(^) w/Allen Stone


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Phil July 17, 2012, 16:58:05

a resounding “meh” for this news

Justin July 17, 2012, 19:32:57

pretty cool tune

Janet July 18, 2012, 09:51:49

Love it.

Jen July 18, 2012, 17:31:47

Sounds awesome! Definitely want to pre-order this.

Dave July 19, 2012, 11:29:10

New single is awesome! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. I already pre-ordered my copy but it doesn’t release until September :( Got it off of their website (

amber July 19, 2012, 15:14:55

So so so excited for the new album! pre-ordered for sure!

bl July 30, 2012, 09:26:00

Can’t wait for Away From The World to come out. You can pre-order the album all most everywhere. Check out Amazon.

shelby July 31, 2012, 12:24:31

Loving the new single. I’ve already pre-ordered the album

Rachel August 4, 2012, 23:28:59

I actually just grabbed my preorder! Took me forever to decide if I wanted that version of Away From The World or the deluxe one:

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