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Tim Reynolds has played his guitar with the Dave Matthews Band in stadiums around the world in front of literally millions of fans.

He frequently appears on lists of the greatest guitarists of all time among guitar gods like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jimmy Page – and DMB fans consider him a king.

So the fact that he’ll be performing in front of barely hundreds of people at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls on Jan. 22 is a bit of a knock on general manager Jonathan Newell.

It’s also just a continuation of a stream of longtime guitar rockers that have graced the scene since its revival as part of its “Guitar Masters Series.”

Reynolds will join guitar legends Albert Lee, who played with Clapton, and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, to grace The Strand stage.

And in May, Ace Frehley of legendary band KISS will be in town.

Newell said these rockers initially agreed to play The Strand thinking it was this quaint and interesting place. Then they are blown away by the acoustics and ambiance of the place and come back.

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Barre will play his third Strand show and Lee will play his sixth.

“It’s a really great sounding space,” Newell said. “And once they get here, they really feel a grateful community too.”

Reynolds, reached by phone Tuesday, said he would be performing with his side band, a trio known as TR3, and audiences would be treated to something quite different from DMB.

“We do a lot of different music, from power trio rock to weird covers. We’re doing a Doors and (David) Bowie song,” he said.

Reynolds said what people won’t hear are the Dave Matthews songs. He said a lot of artists play songs from the band they became famous with when doing solo projects, but he said he has a lot of different music in him to release.

The tour is partly in support of the trio’s latest album, “Wild in the Sky”, which will be released on Friday. Although there’s a fair amount of “shredding” to it, Reynolds said his favorite track, “On this mountain, born in clouds” is a bit more melodic.

“It’s almost a Pink Floyd vibe,” he said.

As the conversation veered a bit towards Pink Floyd, it led to thoughts about how David Gilmour’s guitar was almost like another voice.

“My ultimate goal is that – to sing with my guitar,” he said.

Although fearful of hitting the road during a pandemic, which could require them to dine in the van and in the green rooms, he said the desire to play was too great not to try.

He also talked about the differences between playing for 70,000 people in a stadium and a few hundred in a small upstate theater. The musical connections can be the same, he said, although the huge venues were more intimidating at times.

As the years passed and stadium shows became more common, he said nerves turned to “inspiration.”

“When we played in Portugal people loved us so much it makes you cry,” he said.

But the people closest to you are several feet away and several meters below the stage, he said, whereas at venues like The Strand they can be an arm’s length away.

“And it’s a very intimate thing, even if the music isn’t that intimate,” he said. “It’s cool to be in a rectangular room.”

Dan Biddiscombe, a super fan of the Dave Matthews Band who has seen 109 shows, called Reynolds “the whole band’s unsung legend” and “god of music”.

“His skill level is just off the charts,” he said. “Having him in our hometown here in this beautiful venue is pretty cool.”

Unfortunately, Reynolds is playing Biddiscombe’s birthday weekend and he’s scheduled to be in New York. As fate would have it, Reynolds has a gig in New York when he’s there and he plans to see him there.

Newell said he liked the way The Strand rose to prominence among rock stars like Reynolds, Frehley, Barre and Lee and he liked the momentum of the theater.

He said a lot of the artists playing The Strand have played in stadiums but are basically going back to the roots of why they started playing music in the first place and The Strand provides a great acoustic room for that.

“When John Waite was here he stopped in the middle of his sound check and was like ‘this is a great sounding room’. These guys all say that and I don’t even know how”, did he declare.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Reynolds show and can be purchased by visiting The Strand website.

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