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As the last one to join, violinist Boyd Tinsley may be the member of the Dave Matthews Band least surprised by its success. “When I first heard this band, I knew it was something special,” says Tinsley, who was asked in early 1991 to play on the demo song “Tripping Billies” and hooked up with the band full-time later that year. “When I first heard these songs played by these musicians, it was some of the most powerful stuff I’d heard in a long time. It doesn’t surprise me it works.” Tinsley certainly has the musical grounding from which to judge. A native of Charlottesville, who grew up in the same neighborhood as drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist Leroi Moore, Tinsley was raised in a musical household. His father directed the church choir and an uncle played upright bass and trumpet in local jazz bands. There was a steady stream of Motown pumping out of the family stereo, as well.

Between recording Busted Stuff and Stand Up, Tinsley released his solo debut, True Reflections. He wrote or co-wrote almost all the songs on the album (released by RCA/Bama Rags in 2003), including the title track, which was a Dave Matthews Band concert staple. Tinsley has appeared on albums by Third Day, The Samples, Hootie & the Blowfish and Allgood. An avid tennis player, he composed a new score for ESPN’s Wimbledon coverage in 2006. He hosts the annual Boyd Tinsley $50,000 USTA Women’s Pro Tennis Championships and established the Boyd C. Tinsley Foundation, which helps to provide school tutoring, music lessons and instruments, as well as tennis lessons, to Charlottesville, VA school children.