By Connor Beach
Before becoming a lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band or touring with Matthews as half of an acoustic duo, Tim Reynolds started his musical adventure with the Tim Reynolds Trio.
The Tim Reynolds Trio, or TR3, is set to release a new 11-song album titled “The Sea Versus The Mountain” on Feb. 1, the same day the band is slated to take the stage at The Paramount in Huntington.
Reynolds, 61, described the new album as “a little bit prog rock, but more of a zen prog feel.”
“This record was a fully realized effort for me,” Reynolds said. “It’s mostly instrumental, so I’m really psyched that the guitar is the main voice on the record.”
Reynolds said the show at The Paramount would be one of the first times TR3 will perform songs from “The Sea Versus The Mountain” in front of a live audience.
“That’s what’s really exciting about this tour for me,” Reynolds said. “It’s a little scary, but also exciting.”
Like almost all of his previous music, the new album features a variety of music styles, from “an industrial song” to an “ambient song.”
“That’s my mode,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds, along with bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier, experimented with the songs in the studio to create “a lot of cool stuff we haven’t done before.” TR3 spent a few weeks together in house out in the North Carolina woods where the trio recorded “The Sea Versus The Mountain.”
“As a musician I love to create and improvise, and it was really satisfying to get to do that in this environment,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds settled on the title for the album because he was “trying to find something to fit our work.” He said the dichotomy between sea and mountain mirrored the “light aspect and dark aspect” of the music.
“It had kind of an epic sound to me that fit the music,” he said.
TR3 is set to debut “The Sea Versus The Mountain” at The Paramount on Feb. 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $15-$40 and can be purchased at the box office or online at Paramountny.com.