Peter Griesar (born 1969) played in the Dave Matthews Band from August 1990 to March 1993, playing keyboards, harmonica and providing backup vocals. He grew up in Westchester County, New York and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend the University of Virginia. He met Dave Matthews, later joining his band. After leaving the band in 1993, he continued playing, releasing several solo albums.
Dave Matthews Band
While living in Charlottesville, he got a job at a bar called Miller's. Starting out as a waiter he became friends with another waiter, Dave Matthews.
Griesar was recruited to join the band The Basics, by bassist Houston Ross. Leroi Moore and Tim Reynolds were also in the group. As a result, he began recording his own music with Matthews. When Matthews quit bartending, they started playing shows at another bar, Eastern Standard.
By 1991, the band (entertaining using the name Dumela) became the Dave Matthews Band, and added violinist Boyd Tinsley, playing at fraternity houses and other bars. During the fall of 1992, as attendance was skyrocketing, the band began planning to cut an album.
However, after the band's March 23, 1993 performance, Griesar quit the band.
Leaving Dave Matthews Band
Citing that his mother was sick and he wasn't enjoying touring, he left the band, preferring the small stage, as opposed to big venues that the band began to play. He felt that his place in the band was no longer necessary, unlike Matthews, Tinsley, and Beauford, who had grown into their roles.
Two years later, in 1995, he returned to music, working with artist Lauren Hoffman. In 1996, he joined The Ninth, which included Lessard. The band didn't take off, so Griesar decided to record his own album for his friends and family.
In 1998, he assembled Supertanker, and released a solo album, Disposable Love Songs. Two years later, he left the original Supertanker, and released an EP, From the Supertanker Dude with the Zero Obsession. In August 2000, he assembled the second incarnation of Supertanker, which toured briefly.
In 2002 Peter released a solo album on Offset Records called Superfastgo that also featured performances by DMB saxophonist LeRoi Moore, guitarist Tim Reynolds and pianist Art Wheeler. The album was received well by critics, including a favorable write up in Rolling Stone, and received heavy college airplay. Griesar immediately followed this up with another album called Candyshop released in 2003.