Niagara Gazette — By 1999, Dave Matthews had already released three multi-platinum albums with the Dave Matthews Band, a group that was already selling out major arenas. That same year Matthews released an acoustic performance with guitarist Tim Reynolds entitled “Live at Luther College,” recorded three years earlier.
With “Live at Luther College,” the world was introduced to the prolific guitar playing of Reynolds, especially on the track “Stream,” a blazing acoustic instrumental.
In recent years, Reynolds has toured as a member of the Dave Matthews Band and any fan that has seen one of DMB’s shows with Reynolds on the electric guitar can attest to the fact he is one of the greatest guitarists on the road today.
Before Dave Matthews introduced us to Tim Reynolds, he was playing in TR3. The current incarnation of TR3 will be performing at The Tralf on Monday. TR3 features Reynolds along with bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier. The band plays a collection of original music and some eclectic cover songs.
Like many guitarists, Reynolds was inspired by The Beatles, and remembers the historic Ed Sullivan appearance from the band 50 years ago.
“We lived in Alaska, we had just moved there to an army base and we were waiting for housing so we stayed in this big place with other people that were waiting for housing as well. They had this room in the basement with a television and I remember all of us watching “The Ed Sullivan Show with The Beatles,” Reynolds recalled during a recent phone interview.
Not long afterward Reynolds picked up his first “guitar.”
“I was really young at that point, and my family listened to gospel records but my sister listened to rock and roll. It was the first music that really excited me. After we did get housing my sister cranked up a Beatles record on her stereo when my parents were gone. It probably wasn’t loud by modern standards but it excited me so much I took the ladder of my red Tonka fire truck and started playing air guitar. It was The Beatles that made me do it!”
When Reynolds moved from air guitar to real guitar he began like many guitarists do, learning contemporary three-chord songs before tackling complex numbers from guitarists like Jimi Hendrix.
“When I first started learning songs like that I was amazed at how simple they were on one hand, but how complex the bending and the phrasing is, getting that mojo. That is still a mystery that intrigues me.”
Reynolds career has taken many turns over the years. He has played huge stadiums and concert halls as part of the Dave Matthews Band, amphitheaters as part of the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustic duo, and as a solo performer and with TR3 in smaller venues like The Tralf.
“I kind of prefer the smaller gigs. Of course there is nothing wrong with a big gig, but at the smaller gigs you notice the nuances of the venue and the people. To me, it’s important to connect with your audience. On the big tours everybody does everything for you. There are easy things about the big tours but there are gratifying things about the small tours. They are both edifying because we are living our dream of playing music.”
Many TR3 shows are freely and legally available on the internet archive at archive.org. They are the testament to the power of this amazing trio.
Tickets for TR3 are just $18 in advance and $22 day of show and available at all Ticketmaster locations including Walmart, and at The Tralf Box office.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.