A guitarist who’s recorded and collaborated on 40 albums in the past 20 years brings his solo acoustic show to Des Moines tonight (Friday). You can’t pigeon-hole Tim Reynolds’ music into any category. It’s not rock, jazz, blues, reggae or anything in between. He simply calls it neurotic.
Reynolds says his musical influences range from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. “You go through many phases,” he says “I keep looking for things to listen to that might be new or old.” Reynolds lives in New Mexico but spent many years in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he befriended a bartender named Dave Matthews, who has since found super-stardom. Reynolds still plays occasional sets with the chart-topping Dave Matthews Band but isn’t looking to join up.
He says “When they started out, I was growing a family and I just didn’t have the desire to go out and live on the road for most of the year, which I’ve never really wanted to do anyway. I’ve gone out with them a few times over the years but not as a steady thing. I just prefer to do my own thing, ultimately.” That “thing” includes putting his ten-year-old daughter’s voice into his recordings.
Reynolds’ latest disc includes a track called “Mother Nature” which is little Eura Reynolds reading her poetry. He says “We just hang out together. When I go up in the studio and record sometimes she hangs out with me up there. We’re just really good friends. She’s really into music as well so it just always seemed like a kick to include her. Since I do my own records, nobody tells me what not to do so I just went ahead and did it.” Reynolds plays tonight at 8 at the Temple Theater for the Performing Arts in Des Moines. For more information, see “www.civiccenter.org”.