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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Cosmos Aligning by Jesse Scott(Free Lance-Star)


Tim Reynolds sees a world of possibilities in musical future
Tim Reynolds says his new band's playing is 'organic.'

Date published: 1/17/2008

After years of residing in the rural confines of New Mexico, Tim Reynolds is happy to be a part of the East Coast urban sprawl yet again.

The former Charlottesville resident is taking a breather from his renowned acoustic shows and will embark on a tour with his electric power trio, TR3, for the first time in several years.

"Just being back over here gives me a lot more ease and access to studios and basic musical necessities," he said in a phone interview from North Carolina. "Now I don't have to drive 30 minutes to get something done."

Born in Germany into a military family, Reynolds spent a chunk of his adolescence hopping from town to town in the Midwest. Eventually, he settled in Charlottesville and called it his physical and musical home for 17 years before moving to Santa Fe, N.M. Reynolds now resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

It was in Charlottesville in the 1980s where Reynolds first sparked TR3. Under the same name, a new and powerful TR3 returns in January 2008 (featuring bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier), ready to bring some carefully crafted electricity to East Coast venues. The trio will play at Richmond's Capital Ale House tomorrow and at Charlottesville's Satellite Ballroom on Saturday.

"It's been so organic playing with these guys so natural," said Reynolds. "This band has such a great variety, and I'm really enjoying it. These guys are really, really great."

The raw and funky sound of TR3 is sure to transition into something magical onstage. Reynolds has become immensely popular for his acoustic tours with Dave Matthews--the likes of which can be heard on the duo's "Live at Luther College" album. He looks forward once again to the unique experiences that come with playing live.

"With a band, there is so much more breathing room for improvisation," he said. "The show can move with such variety, and every night is a different night. We can be in the same club for a few days, but put on a completely different show each evening."

While there are no solid plans for an upcoming TR3 album, Reynolds looks to the future with a scientific and optimistic outlook.

"There isn't a definite plan to go in the studio, but I can see that happening as the year goes on," he said. "The universe is expanding at the speed of light, realities are converging, and all things are possible!"

Jesse Scott is a freelance writer living in Fairfax. Reach him at Email:

What: Tim Reynolds does funk improv with his electric power trio, TR3
Where: Capital Ale House's Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. in Richmond
When: Tomorrow, 9:30 p.m. Cost: $17 in advance; $20 day-of Info: 804/780-2537 Web:

What: TR3 plays, with opener Matthew Willner
Where: Satellite Ballroom, 1435 University Ave. in Charlottesville
When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance; $18 at the door Info: 434/293-7005 Web: