Boyd Tinsley

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Boyd Tinsley
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Tinsley playing an electric violin in July 2008
Background information
Born (1964-05-16) May 16, 1964 (age 54)
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Genres Rock, Classical music, Alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, athlete, poet
Electric Violin
Years active1991–present
Labels RCA
Associated acts Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews & Friends
Alanis Morissette
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Boyd Calvin Tinsley (born May 16, 1964) is an American violinist and mandolinist who is best known for having been a member of the Dave Matthews Band. Within the band, Tinsley has collaborated in writing songs, harmonizing, and singing backing vocals.

Violin bowed string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths

The violin, sometimes known as a fiddle, is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. Most violins have a hollow wooden body. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use. Smaller violin-type instruments exist, including the violino piccolo and the kit violin, but these are virtually unused. The violin typically has four strings, usually tuned in perfect fifths with notes G3, D4, A4, E5, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings, though it can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers (pizzicato) and by striking the strings with the wooden side of the bow.

Mandolin musical instrument in the lute family (plucked, or strummed)

A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five and six course versions also exist. The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.

Dave Matthews Band American rock band

Dave Matthews Band, also known by the initialism DMB, is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer and backing vocalist Carter Beauford, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. Boyd Tinsley joined the band as a violinist soon after. In August 2008, LeRoi Moore died due to complications from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Soon after, Grammy Award winner Jeff Coffin joined and since filled Moore's spot as saxophonist. In May 2018, a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct was filed against Tinsley by a former bandmate in his side project, an accusation that Tinsley denies. As a consequence, Tinsley was officially fired from the band.


Early life

Tinsley was raised in a musical family. His father was a choir director and his uncle a bassist who also played the trumpet for local bands. [1] He grew up in the same neighborhood as future Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford and their late saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. He was not an avid music lover or player. He learned violin by accidentally signing up for a middle school orchestra class, under the impression that guitar would be taught. The idea of learning the violin, however, was interesting enough for him that he stuck with it.

Carter Beauford American musician

Carter Anthony Beauford is an American drummer, percussionist, and founding member of Dave Matthews Band. He is known for his ability to adapt to a variety of genres, and both his ambidextrous and his open-handed drumming styles. He plays the drums and sings backing vocals in the band. Beauford was ranked number 10 by a Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll in 2010 for greatest drummers of all-time.

LeRoi Moore American musician

LeRoi Holloway Moore was an American saxophonist. He was a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for songs written by Dave Matthews. Moore also co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably "Too Much" and "Stay ".

As a teenager, he took part in forming the Charlottesville-Albemarle Youth Orchestra, in which future Dave Matthews Band member and bassist Stefan Lessard also took part several years later. He studied under Isidor Saslav, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Saslav offered him the chance to move to Baltimore to work with him more closely. Tinsley was 16 at the time, and declined the offer. Tinsley's interest began to transfer from orchestral music to popular music, listening to other musicians who performed rock, blues, and jazz. He attended Charlottesville High School, where he was President of the Student Government Association in his senior year.

Stefan Lessard American musician

Stefan Kahil Lessard is an American musician, most famous as the bassist for the Dave Matthews Band.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra symphony orchestra based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore SO has its principal residence at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where it performs more than 130 concerts a year. In 2005, it began regular performances at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda.


He attended the University of Virginia, where he became a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. [1] While there, he started participating in regular musical jam sessions. In the early 1990s, he formed the Boyd Tinsley Trio, which lasted only a couple of years. He also played in the group Down Boy Down.

University of Virginia University in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. It is known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies. UVA is the flagship university of Virginia and home to Jefferson's Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sigma Nu Undergraduate college fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute

Sigma Nu (ΣΝ) is an undergraduate college fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute on January 1, 1869. The fraternity was founded by James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. The fraternity's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on January 1, 1869. Since its founding, Sigma Nu has more than 279 active and inactive chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated more than 227,000 members. Sigma Nu, Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega make up the Lexington Triad.

In 1991 Dave Matthews asked him to play violin on the song "Tripping Billies" with his band for their demo tape. Tinsley eventually joined the band, abandoning the Boyd Tinsley Trio.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, record producers, or to other artists.

Tinsley has a small side career of endorsing products including Twix, [2] JanSport, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Twix Chocolate bar

Twix is a chocolate biscuit made by Mars, Inc., consisting of a biscuit applied with other confectionery toppings and coatings. Twix are packaged with two or four bars in a wrapper. Miniature and other variations of Twix bars are also available.

JanSport company

JanSport is an American brand of backpacks and collegiate apparel, now owned by VF Corporation, one of the world's largest apparel companies. JanSport is the world's largest backpack maker, and together, JanSport and The North Face, also owned by VF Corporation, sell nearly half of all small backpacks sold in the United States.

Tommy Hilfiger American fashion designer

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger is an American fashion designer best known for founding the lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in 1985. After starting his career by co-founding a chain of jeans/fashion stores called “People’s Place” in upstate New York in the 1970s, he began designing preppy for his own eponymous menswear line in the 1980s. The company later expanded into women's clothing and various luxury items such as perfumes, and went public in 1992. In 1997, Hilfiger published his first book, titled All American: A Style Book, and he has written several since, including Tommy Hilfiger through Assouline in 2010. Hilfiger's memoir, American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business, co-written with Peter Knobler, was published November 1, 2016.

In 2000, Tinsley made a guest appearance on The Getaway People's second album, Turnpike Diaries. [3]

In 2003, Tinsley released a solo album, True Reflections , featuring the title track he had written over a decade earlier. Tinsley was the principal songwriter of the album. True Reflections focuses on Tinsley as a singer-songwriter and does not feature much violin playing. [4]

On March 20, 2009, Tinsley appeared with former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville when she launched her poetry book Sonata Mulattica, about 19th-century violin virtuoso George Bridgetower; Tinsley is mentioned in the first poem in the book, "The Bridgetower". He composed and performed a musical piece for the event, read a poem from the book and discussed his musical life in particular and the role of classically trained African-American musicians in general with Dove. [5]

Boyd Tinsley also was a writer for the short film Faces in the Mirror which was first shown at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 13, 2012. Faces in the Mirror is only available for purchase electronically. Boyd Tinsely continues to support and put on pop-up events nationwide for those interested in seeing the film. [6] [7]

In August 2015, Tinsley formed Crystal Garden with Mycle Wastman, Charlie Csontos and Matt Frewen. For two years he looked all over North America for a specific group of musicians who would form a modern day rock band. On the forming of the band, Tinsley commented "The band was an idea I had maybe three years ago. I really wanted to create a young rock band – not a pop band – but a real rock band that had the same sensibility that rock from the 1960s and 1970s had to it. You know, something rocking from the heart and expressing something real. The question became: where am I going to find these guys? So I thought maybe I could try out some music agencies or talent agencies and see what I could come up with. I started to pursue that a little bit, but then I realized the only way that this is going to come about is if it comes about organically. It has to be real. I have to be able to vibe off those people and know those people when I see them." In their first week of recording sessions at Boyd's studio in Virginia they tracked the bulk of their first studio album Let The Rocks Cry Out, which Tinsley produced. The album was released digitally on all platforms March 14, 2017 and physically on April 22, 2017. The band is currently touring North America with Tinsley, who is also managing them. They have appeared on numerous morning show's across the US including Good Day LA , Good Day DC , Good Day Philadelphia , The Rhode Show, and WGN-TV. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

On February 2, 2018, Tinsley announced via Twitter that he would be "taking a break from the band and touring to focus on his family and his health for a while." [15]

On May 18, 2018, Boyd Tinsley was fired from Dave Matthews Band after a lawsuit was filed alleging sexual misconduct against former Crystal Garden band member James Frost-Winn. [16] [17] Tinsley issued a statement denying the "false accusations" and vowing to "fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done". [18]

Personal life

Tinsley has two children with his wife Emily: a daughter, Abagail (born 1996) and a son, Noah (born 1999). [19]

Tinsley is an avid tennis fan. He has his own tournament, held annually in Charlottesville, Virginia. He often attends the Championships at Wimbledon, and in 2007 played doubles with John McEnroe and Pete Sampras. [20] He has recorded a song called "The Ghosts of Wimbledon" for the 2006 ESPN coverage of the tournament. [21] He is a friend of tennis players Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and tennis doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan. [22] Tinsley sponsors the Boyd Tinsley Tennis Program in Charlottesville. [21]

While performing on Rove Live, host Rove McManus called Boyd "Booker T" because of his similar looks to Booker Huffman, a professional wrestler for WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.



See Dave Matthews Band discography for his work with the band.

Solo discography

True Reflections (2003) – #3 Billboard Internet Sales chart [23]

See also

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