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The Time Jumpers Show is Sure to Please

February 11, 2018

My goodness, was the talk around Music City ever true! Over the past few years I had read articles in the Nashville papers and internet reports about The Time Jumpers, a band comprised of some of the best musicians found in Nashville, but seeing really is believing. The show, a gift from my daughter Allison and her husband Chris to me and my husband, David, exceeded all expectations. We arrived early at 3rd & Lindsley and shared a meal as we waited with a packed house for the 8 p.m. show. From the first chord played until the last, the concert did not disappoint. These award winning musicians truly are masters of their craft.

Included in The Time Jumpers are “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Billy Thomas (drums, vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) and Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars). Sears, Joe Spivey and Larry Franklin were recently jointly inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. When listening to them play you would think that it is one fiddle, not three, because they never miss a beat. All of these extremely talented musicians can often be found on the Grand Ole Opry stage as well, or names seen in the credits of a vast array of musical projects.

Did I mention Vince Gill? I realize that he is just one of the wildly talented performers on the stage but he has been one of my favorite singer/songwriters for many years. He adds wit and charm to the playful banter among the band alongside his vocal and instrumental abilities. Although TTJ have a set Monday night schedule at 3rd & Lindsley, Vince sometimes is on the road playing other commitments. As many have probably heard, after the death of Glenn Frey in 2016 Vince was asked to tour with The Eagles. The band is scheduled to play March 23 and 24, 2018 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. But even if Vince is not on stage at 3rd & Lindsley, TTJ is well able to please a crowd.

As for some history of TTJ and according to its official website, “The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming with their sonically gifted buddies. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened. Learning that Monday evenings were the slowest in the week for the Station Inn bluegrass club, the superpickers settled into that fabled venue at the start of each week and set up shop. Pretty soon Monday nights were sounding a lot like Saturday nights— and drawing commensurately lively crowds… As word spread along Music Row that something special was happening at Station Inn, big stars began dropping by, some to sit in with the band, others just 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.”

After ten years together, the band re-located its Monday night shows to 3rd & Lindsley, a larger venue that would better accommodate their growing fan base and interest. Still with the larger venue, the Monday night show regularly sells out so it is in ones best interest to order tickets on-line ahead of time, especially if traveling from out of town to see some of Nashville’s most sought after attractions. And it is also true that you never know who will swing by and share a song or two with the band. When we went there were a few surprise guests sharing songs on stage, one of which was the Grand Ole Opry’s Mark Wills.

Indeed, The Time Jumpers are a sight to see and an experience that will bring a smile to your face and have your toes tapping. The show is more than worth the price of the $20 admission ticket. Check them out at http://www.thetimejumpers.com or on Facebook.

Time Jumpers Concert edited pic

The Time Jumpers perform a great show Monday nights at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. Photo by Chris Wilkinson

Story by Rebekah Hurst, Photo by Chris Wilkinson

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