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click to enlarge When stranded atop a mountain, clutching your guitar - usually helps. Usually.
  • When stranded atop a mountain, clutching your guitar usually helps. Usually.

The influences in Tim Reynolds' early life were not unlike those rampant in Colorado Springs: His father was a military man, and he learned to play guitar in front of a church congregation. Conservative values ruled his surroundings. But instead of being drawn to them, he was repelled.

"I saw the wrong side," he says. "I'm not down with that."

Reynolds' wide-ranging music reflects his drive away from the ideals of his upbringing. "Indoctrinate" is based on notes he took at a Noam Chomsky lecture 20 years ago. Another song is about watching CNN create a mentality of fear through television. And, though Reynolds has a strong interest in Eastern religion, he says, "Music is beyond a religion to me."

During his last visit to the Springs, Reynolds used video in his performance to underline his politics. This time, he says, the show will feature just him, an AC outlet, a guitar and a ring modulator. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Reynolds' fast-moving fingers and dizzying guitar licks invite little distraction.

In fact, he doesn't even have a name for his current tour, although he thought of calling it "Nobody's Home." The name would fit; Reynolds has been touring since the '70s.

"Eventually, your life is just one long tour until you retire," he says. "And I don't plan to retire."

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Tim Reynolds with Marcus Eaton

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.

Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day-of-show, all ages; call 227-7625 or visit ticketweb.com.

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