Tonal Vision was formed in the summer of 1997 in Birmingham, Alabama, when four of its members were taking the same music theory class at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The foursome decided to form a combo initially to play jazz-influenced rock, folk, and bluegrass music that they all enjoyed in common.
The band honed its chops, playing live frequently around Birmingham and neighboring cities, and garnering wide praise wherever it played. Finally, the band entered the studio and cut "Odd Times," its debut, which was released in the spring of 2000. Since the release, the band's sphere of influence has widened, as it is now regularly playing shows throughout the Southeast.
The band is at its best onstage, where they are equally comfortable playing acoustic sets (featuring folk and bluegrass compositions) and electric sets (which are full-on freak-outs of funk, jazz fusion, and rock). But characterizing the band as a "jam band" is a misnomer. The band's "jams" are intricate compositions, which reflects the years the members have spent studying music theory and composition.