With a career spanning almost forty years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is best known for his seemingly effortless guitar virtuosity, his masterful command of melody and timing, and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. He’s explored almost every musical style, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, and his wide-ranging talent is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.
He had a peripatetic childhood, moving from Alaska and throughout much of the Bible-belt Midwest, eventually settling in St. Louis, MO. He started playing the piano at age eight, but then quickly progressed to playing the acoustic guitar and electric bass guitar in the local church gospel band during his teens. During this time he was also secretly experimenting and riffing with forbidden rock, funk, and soul. Upon graduating from high school, Reynolds left the constraints of his conservative upbringing and eventually moved to Charlottesville, VA, where he added psychedelic and progressive rock to his burgeoning repertoire of music.
It was in the mid 1980s that Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. He toured with TR3 during the 1980s and 1990s, using a rotating cast of musicians. It was at this time he met and befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. He eventually relocated to Santa Fe, NM, to pursue a solo acoustic career. He spent the 1990s and 2000s on the road as a solo guitar wizard playing for packed houses and to crowds who quickly determined that he is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. Tim continues to surprise and delight his fans with rare solo acoustic performances throughout the country.
After a number of years in New Mexico, Reynolds moved back to the East Coast to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After a chance meeting with two talented musicians, bass player Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier, a few rehearsals later, and several stealth appearances throughout North Carolina, Reynolds decided to resurrect the electric TR3. TR3 has been touring since 2007 and have released a number of CDs. Their latest CD and first major label release, “Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion,” came out in 2014.
A two time Grammy nominee, Reynolds is currently lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band and performs as one-half of the acoustic Dave Matthews-Tim Reynolds duo.
Tim’s longtime friend and collaborator, Matthews says, “I’m dying to go on the road with Tim just the two of us again. I love playing with Tim because I think he’s the greatest guitar player I’ve ever met. He is so constantly spontaneous and really is so connected to what he’s doing when he plays. He makes everything have more room for the listener and more musical space. He’s a profound musical talent.”