Tim Reynolds enjoys the hectic schedule of playing with the Dave Matthews Band, but the guitarist's looking forward to pursuing his own projects in 2011.
Matthews and his group are taking the year off, so Reynolds plans to get some well-deserved rest and re-start his TR3 band. The guitarist had a solid career prior to joining DMB -- and he's ready to fly solo again.
OK, these guys aren't going cold turkey when it comes to working together.
Who: Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: 1stBank Center, 1145 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield
Reynolds and Matthews have been friends for a long time, so the musicians are closing out 2010 with a run of acoustic shows. Thursday, the dynamic duo hits Broomfield's 1stBank Center.
"I've been playing with the Dave Matthews Band for the last three years and it's been a consistent touring cycle," Reynolds said. "It's been really good for me. It happened organically as a result of playing on their records.
"I've been a sideman for the band -- I play guitar parts and improvise. It's been really amazing, because it got me working on different things with my writing and going back to things I used to do in jazz."
Reynolds started working with the Dave Matthews Band in 2008. That summer, founding member and sax player LeRoi Moore passed away. DMB re-vamped its line-up and called on the guitarist's talents to be highlighted on tour.
Dave Matthews Band toured solidly after Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King dropped in 2009, but the group decided now was the time to get off the road.
"After 20 years, anybody in their right mind would want to take a rest," Reynolds said. "I'm ready to take a break and do my own thing. I've been working on a live TR3 CD that will be out in the spring, and I'll do some touring after that.
"That's about all I can think of now."
Reynolds was known for his guitar artistry before he joined DMB and he regularly played shows at the Fox Theatre. Several years ago, the musician moved from New Mexico to the East Coast and found a new group of players for his TR3 band.
"TR3 always changes things up, but we focus on shuffle blues, soul and funk," Reynolds said. "I'm really excited to go back and pick up where we left off. This band really clicks together.
"TR3 has a lot of rootsy elements, so I've been re-educating myself on the roots of blues. It's like being a student and studying the mojo of it. It's all about digging that and writing the music."
Reynolds has used his guitar skills to play roots music, rock out and perform acoustic shows. The musician has an innate talent for performing acoustically and his intricate techniques shine through at solo shows.
"Playing acoustically is a whole different approach," Reynolds said. "It involves more mental stuff that comes from the soul. There is a process to learning the techniques and I'm always trying something I haven't done before.
"Solo-acoustic music is more challenging and I didn't develop it until later in my life. I'm always learning techniques -- I've barely scratched the surface. I'd love to take a few years off and learn classical and flamenco."
Reynolds shows off his technical acoustic skills when he joins forces with Matthews. The duo's shows are always spontaneous, so you never know what will happen during the course of a concert.
"There's a certain chemistry and familiarity with playing with Dave," Reynolds said. "A lot of spontaneity is involved. I have no idea what we'll be doing, except learning the tunes.
"No one knows where it will go, but we will be playing two hours of music. We do this stuff for the fun and the heart of it. What comes through is very personal and intimate."
Reynolds isn't sure what his future holds after this run of shows, but he's not worried about the "big picture."
"I've never had a plan," Reynolds said. "I just want to keep writing and playing guitar. My main focus is to keep working on my music and applying that to the life I live.
"I'm always practicing and learning for the next thing that comes up. Music comes from body and spirit for me -- that's where the real music comes from. You have to be in the moment."