I didn’t give the man near enough credit.
The German-born Reynolds is, in fact, an accomplished guitarist and instrumentalist who has bent the confines of conventional rock and jazz. A founder of the band TR3, Reynolds is simply an exceptional musician who deserves more acclaim.
(photo courtesy of timreynolds.com)
Although born in Europe, Reynolds notes on his website that he was more a citizen of the world as a youngster, even before he picked up the bass guitar at the age of 12.
“I come from nowhere mostly,” he said. “My dad was in the Army so we moved around alot. Germany is where I was born, and after that we lived on a farm in Indiana, then on an army base in Alaska, then to Kansas, then to Missouri, where we lived the longest (thus the nowhere).”
“Then I moved to Virginia, and I was there for 17 years or so. Now I live in New Mexico and this is the best place I could be,” Reynolds continued. “I mostly come from space.”
Leaving home at 18, he set up shop with a group of other musicians who were looking to experiment with a variety of genres, everything from jazz to the psychadelic music that came out of the ’60s and ’70s rock explosion.
Moving to Charlottesville, Va., Reynolds then founded TR3 — for the Tim Reynolds Three — and set out to explore his own music on a variety of stringed instruments. The group remains active today, despite Reynolds’ occasional gigs with Matthews and other musicians.
Reynolds met Mattews in the ’80s through a mutual friend. Reynolds was playing a local Charlottesville bar were Matthews was tending bar. When Matthews founded his band in the early ’90s Reynolds was already immersed in TR3. But the two soon began doing acoustic gigs together. With time they also played in the Dave Matthews band.
Continuing their collaboration, Reynolds and Matthews also teamed up with Trey Anastasio of Phish for a 2003 tour with Dave Matthews & Friends, which would be followed by a series of other tours through 2006. He also toured with Matthews’ band in 2008.
But that’s hardly been the only entry on Reynolds’ resume. He’s also recorded nine studio albums, two live albums and released five albums with TR3, including last year’s Radiance.
So, shame on me for not seeing the man’s body of work beyond the glare of Matthews. Might be time to spread the word.
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(NOTE: This is part of my ongoing series of reports on guitar players who fly under the mainstream radar. Keep checking The Listening Room for future installments of guitar players you should know – JF)
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