The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host the Time Jumpers, an assemblage of some of Nashville’s most gifted musicians on Tuesday, September 29.
Led by 20-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, as well as Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green, the Time Jumpers quickly developed a large following while earning four Grammy nominations.
With a strong affinity for western swing, the group continues to expand the richness and vigor of country music.
Formed in 1998, the Time Jumpers settled into fabled Nashville venue Station Inn for a Monday night residency that drew lively crowds to hear the super pickers. As word spread along Music Row that something extra special was happening at Station Inn, big stars began dropping by. Some came to sit in, while others attended simply to enjoy the vast array of country, swing, jazz and pop standards The Time Jumpers rejoiced in playing. Among those drop-bys were Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, Jimmy Buffet, and Kelly Clarkson.
The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a true master of his respective instrument. Alphabetically they are Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), Ranger Doug Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).
The members have recorded and toured with innumerable artists, ranging from Ray Price to John Anderson to Carrie Underwood. They have played on stages from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall. The ensemble has released their first studio project for Rounder Records, The Time Jumpers, along with a live album, Jumpin’ Time, which earned them two Grammy nominations and a high-profile segment on NPR’s All Things Considered.
The Time Jumpers reveals a side of the ensemble that’s largely gone unheralded — that is the members’ abilities to write vivid new songs in the stylistic vein of the standards they love to perform, whether they’re breezy, euphoric dance tunes or mournful testimonies to the destructive power of love.
For more information about The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, visit thetimejumpers.com.