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Jumpin’ Time!!

We see The Time Jumpers

The Time Jumpers – Photo: LTTL

The Time Jumpers

3rd @ Lindsley, Nashville – 30 September 2019

GrassRoots Music Tour

Images: Jim Jacob

Words: Rob Dickens

An institution. And I’m not talking about the venue.

The Time Jumpers formed in 1998 drawn together by a love of classic country and Western Swing music and heritage. First starting in a garage, before long they were playing regularly at The Station Inn, then a live album, followed by a double Grammy nomination. Another full release, more Grammy nominations and a Grammy win – Best American Roots Song for “Kid Sister”.

For around seven years, The Jumpers have been playing Monday nights at 3rd & Lindsley. Every week is now a sell-out – that’s how respected they are in this Town of Music.

The line-up varies depending who’s available – eg Vince Gill who is here when he’s not touring as himself or with The Eagles. Tonight, we are in luck – he is in the building.

Vince Gill – Photo: LTTL

As well as Vince on vocals and guitar, we have Brad Albin (bass), Kenny Sears (fiddle), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), ‘Ranger Doug’ Green (guitar, vocals, yodels), Andy Reiss (guitar), Jerry Roe (drums), Jeff Taylor (accordion, keyboards), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Wendy Moten (vocals) and Larry Franklin (fiddle).

Music wasn’t meant to be this easy?! How can three fiddlers play in unison at all tempos and yet provide nuance that is remarkable, how can Gill and Paul Franklin combine their playing with such delicacy and finesse, how can the musical spaces be shared so well when they could all take, and deserve, more limelight. How many vocalists are there in this ensemble? How hypnotic a voice has Wendy Moten?

The Time Jumpers – Photo: LTTL

Set-wise, we had “Corinne Corinna”, Jeannie C Riley‘s “Don’t Touch Me”, Bob Wills‘ “Hang Your Head In Shame”, “Heart To Heart Talk”, “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and “That’s What I Like About The South”, a wonderful rendition on Buck Owens‘ classic “Together Again”, the Jazz standard “All Of Me”, Wynonie Harris‘ “Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me”, Jim Lauderdale‘s “The King Of Broken Hearts”, George Jones‘ “Bartender Blues” and an encore of “Bye Bye Blackbird”

How does all that happen?

Because they are THAT good.

The Time Jumpers – Photo: LTTL

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Author: Rob Dickens

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