Dave Matthews will release first solo album. The singer/songwriter will leave his band behind (temporarily) for a fall release

By Brian Hiatt
May 28, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Touring fave Dave Matthews will pursue a violin- and sax-free sound on his first-ever solo album, ”Some Devil,” due in the fall. But Matthews won’t be parting ways with his band — in fact, they’ll still be on tour together when the album comes out, according to an RCA Records spokesperson. Matthews may follow the Dave Matthews Band’s fall tour with an outing on his own, but no plans have been finalized, the spokesperson says. No release date has been set for the CD, and no producer has been announced.

Matthews has recorded without his band before — on the 1999 live album ”Live at Luther College,” he was accompanied by songwriting partner Tim Reynolds. And he’s not the only DMB member to go solo: Violinist Boyd Tinsley will release his solo debut, ”True Reflections” on June 17. The album includes a cover of Neil Young’s ”Cinnamon Girl,” as well as harmonies from Matthews. The DMB’s other three members haven’t announced solo album plans…yet.