The Name Game: Say Goodbye to TN3

April 30th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

There’s no more TN3.

When the trio of guitarslinger Todd Nelson, bassmaster Kyle Esposito and percolating percussionist Manuel Quintana released their debut album, Here, back in 2010, the disc was credited to Todd Nelson. Along the way, the trio adopted the moniker TN3, a more genre-defying name than the Todd Nelson Trio, which might somewhat mistakenly lump them into the jazz bag.

But a lot has happened since then…

Now the band is about to release their long-in-the-works sophomore disc next week, and they knew it was time for a change.

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LIVE: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ HereFest, 9/17/11

September 21st, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

TN3 @ LarkFest 2011 (photo by Tim Livingston)

Thirty years ago, Todd Nelson performed at the very first LarkFest, playing guitar in what was arguably Nippertown’s most popular band, the Units.

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Win FREE TIX to Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 6/4/11

June 1st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
TN3 (Photo by Noah Fowler)

TN3 (Photo by Noah Fowler)

It took guitarslinger Todd Nelson quite a while before he finally got around to releasing a record of his own. Nelson has been a major player on the Nippertown music scene for years – from the crackling country-rock of Silver Chicken to the bristling new wave of the Units (later renamed Fear of Strangers) to the groove-gurgling swamp-rock of Rumdummies, to name just a few of the stops that he’s made over the years.

Last year, he released “Here,” credited to Todd Nelson, but actually a stellar trio album that featured the slippery fretless bass of Kyle Esposito and the percolating percussion of Manuel Quintana. And once again, Nelson had a few changes up his sleeve. It’s an all-instrumental album, and while it isn’t jazz per se, there are jazzy elements that bubble up in the music. And he revisits – or completely re-invents – a few tunes culled from his rich musical back pages.

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