Boyd Tinsley has announced that he will “take a break” from Dave Matthews Band. In a series of messages on Twitter, the fiddler said: “Sorry I have been away for awhile. I’ve been wrestling with a decision. Before I talk about me I hope that all are well and sending extra love to those who are in need. I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but I’m somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life. Thanks 4 ur Love.”
Dave Matthews Band are set to perform at St Paul, MN’s Xcel Energy Center tomorrow as part of a Super Bowl weekend event dubbed “The Night Before.” DMB have been on hiatus since 2016, with the exception of a benefit show in Charlottesville, VA this past September. The group will return to the road for an extended tour, slated to kick off at The Woodlands, Texas’ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 18.
Tinsley has been part of the DMB orbit since the outfit’s inception, first as a guest on their demo and at select concerts. He officially joined the ensemble in 1992 and has been a mainstay member of the band throughout their rise. During DMB’s recent pause, Tinsley toured and recorded with the emerging rock group Crystal Garden. Last week, he performed as part of Bob Weir’s band at the NAMM conference in Los Angeles. In a recent Relix interview, he also discussed both Crystal Garden’s recent studio sessions and the forthcoming Dave Matthews Band LP, which is slated for release in the coming months.