Boyd Tinsley: 'True Reflections' Boyd Tinsley has almost single-handedly brought the violin to the center of the rock 'n' roll stage. Now the Dave Matthews Band violinist strikes out on his own with his debut solo CD, True Reflections. He talks about his own music and a decade of life on the road with The Tavis Smiley Show correspondent Tony Cox.
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Boyd Tinsley: 'True Reflections'

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Boyd Tinsley: 'True Reflections'

Boyd Tinsley: 'True Reflections'

Dave Matthews Band Violinist's Folksy Solo CD

Boyd Tinsley: 'True Reflections'

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From 'True Reflections'

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In his string work for the hugely popular Dave Matthews Band, Boyd Tinsley takes the violin to the center of the rock 'n' roll stage.

Now, after more than a decade playing the violin and singing background vocals, Tinsley has stepped out on his own to record his first solo album, True Reflections. Tinsley is a classically trained musician, but the music on his CD has a decidedly folk-rock-country feel.

Besides singing and playing, Tinsley wrote most of the tracks on the CD, crafting a relaxed, acoustic-based sound. Tinsley doesn't play the fiddle or violin much on the CD -- instead, he's front and center as the focal singer-songwriter.

Tinsley takes some very different musical paths on True Reflections -- in one track, a cover version of the Neil Young/Crazy Horse rocker "Cinnamon Girl," Tinsley takes the melody down to a slow-burn ballad.

He recently came to NPR West in Los Angeles to talk with correspondent Tony Cox about his decade with one of the biggest bands in the world, and how he found his own sound.

Tinsley is now touring with the Dave Matthews Band while he promotes his own CD -- a busy man indeed.