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February 6, 2014

Tim Reynolds steps out of Dave Matthews' shadow for Tralf show with his band TR3

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!”

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