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DMB's Boyd Tinsley and Crystal Garden at the Majestic, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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A year off from the Dave Matthews Band has become a decidedly working vacation for Boyd Tinsley.

The violinist is using his "day job's" current hiatus to start something new -- and not just for himself. He's mentoring and producing a new band called Crystal Garden, a trio that includes former "The Voice" finalist Mycle Wastman and has just digitally released its debut album, "Let The Rocks Cry Out," with physical copies coming this week. Tinsley, 52, is also accompanying the group on tour and playing a few songs, including an encore of "True Reflections," the title track from Tinsley's 2003 solo album.

And as he talks about the group, Tinsley sounds like a combination taskmaster and proud papa -- and, of course True Believer...

Tinsley recruited the members of Crystal Garden over the past several years, as he worked iwth and produced other bands and musicians. "I love being in the studio," he says, "I love producing. I lvoe taking musicians and just getting the best ou of them and I love taking an idea from my seed and creating something bigger from it, creating a while, and that's pretty much what we did here. These guys had never played together; I got them in my house and put them in the studio. It was magical. They became a band, like, right from the start."

Tinsley adds that in Crystal Garden he sees perfect ingredients for success. "It's really a rock band, a true rock band that's willing to go anywhere musically," he explains. "They're all extremely talented. They can do intricate stuff and do it well and seamlessly and just maket he most amazing music. And they have amazing songs. It's really just a matter of getting them out so people can hear them."

After nearly 25 years straight of summer tours with the DMB, Tinsley says it's refreshing to be doing somethign different. "It's a blessing this started at the time it did because I have this year to dedicate to Crystal Garden and to further their growth, musically, and also their audience," he says. "That would not have been possible had (DMB) been on tour this year. So it's a great opportunity to do somethign I would not have been able to do otherwise. It seems like everybody in the (DMB) is doing things their outside projects. What I've done is maybe the most ambitious of them all; It's fun, and I truly believe these guys will make it and be an amazing rock band."

The DMB year off, Tinsley says, is something that was supposed to have happened before this. "It's something that was coming over the last several years," he says. "We announced we were taking a year off a few yeas back but thenw e came out and did the Caravan tour and sort of postponed (the break). Ths is teh first time we're actually are taking the entire summer off as a band. It'll be different, but I'll still be playing, so that's the important thing.

Tinsley -- who's also working on a documentary about the 20th century cult religious figure Father Divine -- promises that fans don't have to worry about the DMB coming back after this year. "Y'know, we were doing this for 25 years, so it's natural that we have to take a break at some point. But, also, (the DMB is what we do. So we'll definitely be back next year, for sure."

Crystal Garden featuring Boyd Tinsley

Wednesday, April 19. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $18.

Call 318-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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