The Time Jumpers are Nashville's best kept musical secret, but the word is spreading about what many of Nashville's recording artists, musicians, and industry executives have already discovered on Monday nights at The Station Inn. About eight years ago, a few of Nashville's studio musicians and vocalists made a deliberate decision to get together on stage one night a week just to have some fun playing their music of choice, and calling it their therapy session. The venue chosen was the world famous Station Inn and before long the band grew and so did their audiences. The group now consists of 11 of the most talented pickers and singers you'll ever have the pleasure to hear. The Time Jumpers have reinvented Western Swing - bringing it into the 21st century with more power, energy, and downright fun than you've ever seen and heard. Armed with their infectious arrangements, amazing musicianship, and engaging personalities, The Time Jumpers have been Nashville's best kept musical secret....but the word is out!!
Finally, the show that stars go to see has been captured for fans of all musical tastes on CD and DVD. That show, of course, is the now-famous weekly romp by The Time Jumpers, a band of A-list musicians, that takes place every Monday night in Nashville at the legendary Station Inn. Started as a jam session in which off-the-road and off-the-clock pros got together to unwind by playing their favorite kinds of songs, the performances were scheduled for the slowest night of the week, a time when only the most hardcore and appreciative fans were likely to show up. If nobody came, that was OK, too, because the pickers and singers were quite content to play for their own entertainment. At first, only the critics went wild about the show. Then, as word spread, some very famous folk began dropping in. Reba McEntire was so excited on her first visit that she joined the band to belt out some Bob Wills tunes. Vince Gill often sits in. Following one of her concerts, Bonnie Raitt came by with her band and listened in awe as the Time Jumpers breezed through an unforgettable program of Western swing, jazz, country, pop and cowboy classics. Recently, rock icon Robert Plant even pulled up a chair. All seasoned touring and studio musicians, the Time Jumpers include bassist Dennis Crouch; acoustic rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Ranger Doug Green (of Riders in the Sky); fiddlers Aubrey Haynie, Kenny Sears and Joe Spivey; pedal steel guitarist Papa John Hughey; lead electric guitarist Andy Reiss; accordionist and harmony vocalist Jeff Taylor; drummer Rick Vanaugh; and lead vocalists Dawn Sears and Carolyn Martin. On any given Monday, fans might find themselves rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Dunn, Delbert McClinton, Pam Tillis, Sonya Isaacs, Mel Tillis, Sheryl Crow, Lee Ann Womack, Jimmy C. Newman and Linda Davis; Nashville execs Tony Brown, Buddy Cannon; and legendary musicians Charlie McCoy, Paul Franklin, Gary Nicholson, Bob Moore, all of whom have been there to cheer the Time Jumpers on. The DVD and CD each features 26 songs and was filmed and recorded live at the Station Inn on a Monday night in May. The selections include Stompin At The Station; Honeysuckle Rose; Sugar Moon; Write Myself A Letter; Along The Navajo Trail; It s All Your Fault; Pig Dog Hop; Leavin And Sayin Goodbye; Blues For Dixie; Fidoodlin ; Bring It On Down To My House; Route 66 and Smile. Also, Roly Poly; South Of The Border; Jumpin Time; Bonaparte s Retreat; My Confession; Give Me A Pinto Pal; Embraceable You; Cherokee Maiden; My Weakness Is Too Strong; All Of Me; Caravan; Sweet Memories; and My Window Faces The South. Among the composers represented in this musical treasury are Bob Wills, Cindy Walker, Fats Waller, Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, Bobby Troup, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Rose, Pee Wee King, George and Ira Gershwin, Mickey Newbury and Duke Ellington. Three of the instrumentals were composed by Time Jumpers members. In addition to containing complete performances of 26 songs, the Jumpin Time DVD also includes revealing and insightful commentaries from all the band members, as well as remarks from Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Jeannie Seely, Sonya Isaacs, and Linda Davis. The concert was shot in front of a live audience and conveys the warmth and intimacy of an evening at the Station Inn, right down to the ringing of the ship s bell near the bar to honor particularly stunning performances. Jumpin Time was executive produced by Terry Choate for The Crosswind Corporation. Matt Coale directed the DVD. Dennis Ritchie recorded and mixed the amazing audio and Bradford Van Demark at BlueSky Filmworks is responsible for the stunning video editing. The Time Jumpers created all the musical arrangements. --Morris Public Relations
You re listening tonight to the best Western Swing that has ever happened anywhere on the face of this earth. It is rare and it is exceptional and it deserves your support. Jimmy Dean The group,all 11 of them, play a jazzy, big band-flavored style of country music called Western Swing. The sound is peppy and textured with triple fiddles, twin guitars, accordion, stand-up bass, drums, two female singers and a pedal steel that whines and rumbles like a speeding train. John Gerome The Associated Press --Jimmy Dean and The Associated Press
In the last eight years, the Time Jumpers have become a modern Nashville institution by honoring a traditional sound. This is Texas swing and traditional country and pop at its finest, performed by its best practitioners. It's a rollicking trip through time, and JUMPIN' TIME is the closest you'll get to experiencing the joy that a night in Nashville with The Time Jumpers can provide. Beth Curley, President and CEO Nashville Public Television The overall sound is so musically complex, yet relaxed, that you marvel, How do they do that? Even if you have never had more than a passing curiosity about swing music, The Time Jumpers can seduce you with their music. Steven Stone Vintage Guitar Magazine --Nashville Public TV and Vintage Guitar Magazine