SHOWTIMES: 7:30PM AND 9:30PM. Club owner Tamara Fuller and seasoned Atlanta performer Kristin Tinsley share a deep love and admiration for all things Stevie Nicks, the face of Fleetwood Mac. So, it was a no-brainer when Fuller approached Kristin with an idea: Perform a Stevie Nicks tribute show at her Alpharetta club, The Velvet Note.
“Stand Back,” the Stevie Nicks tribute band, was formed with – who else? – but Kristin on lead vocals along with fellow musicians Scott Ritshie (keyboards), Nick Edelstein and Daniel Glozier (guitar), Steve Mays (bass) and Doug Easterly (drums). Selecting these bandmembers was easy for Kristin, who had performed with them in a Chicago tribute band from 2017 to 2020.
Kristin credits Scott Ritshie, a highly talented keyboardist, as being “the glue” for every song they attempt. “He strives for perfection when it comes to his craft,” she said, and his attention to detail and care with every sound choice holds every song together.”
In Nick Edelstein, who owns Village Music in Avondale, Ga., Kristin sees “a versatile instrumentalist and educator.” He is involved in several musical projects that include “Nick and the Grooves,” “Opera Carolina,” and “Black Sheep Ensemble.”
That first tribute performance at The Velvet Note hit a few snags, one due to the original bass player contracting the COVID-19 virus. “No worries,” said Fuller, the club owner, who recommended Steve Mays, a former house bass player at Velvet Note described by Kristin as one of the band’s “most versatile, solid and well-rounded players.”
The remaining other two band members are no slouches when it comes to their musical acumen and stage presence.
Doug Easterly has a background as a vocalist in Rumors ATL, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band, played drums for the ZZ Top tribute band, “Cheap Sunglasses, as well as other accomplishments. “We played opposite each other on Fridays at a local upscale restaurant for about four years and have been friends for nearly a decade,” Kristin said. “He has been with us ever since I needed a drummer after the third Stevie tribute show,” she said.
Daniel Glozier has played with AIA and currently plays with the Stephen Lee Band out of Atlanta. “He is one of the most technically sound players who brings a wealth of knowledge professionalism and a standard of sound to any project he is part of.”
Despite the short time together as the “Stand Back Band” these artists have known each other in some musical sense and fashion for many years. So, it’s no stretch for them to master Fleetwood Mac’s most indelible songs with an ease and precision that pleases fans. “The best part about this show is that not only do I get to play the music of my favorite artist,” Kristin said, “but I get to do so with five of the best musicians I have ever worked with.”