26 Songs, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Time Jumpers are a group of seasoned Nashville session pros who love the jazzy, easy-going sound of Western Swing. The band’s name playfully refers to the group’s ‘30s-through-’60s repertoire and is a slang term for a musician messing up a beat. Monday night regulars at the Station Inn, a well-known Nashville nightspot, the Time Jumpers play classics by Bob Wills and Cindy Walker and an assortment of country, pop, and jazz tunes. Jumpin’ Time, a set of 26 old-timey delights, was recorded live at the club in 2006 and captures the sense of tossed off virtuosity in their playing. The album includes six instrumentals, including three originals (“Stompin’ At the Station,” “Pig Dog Hop,” and the title cut) and covers of “My Weakness Is Too Strong,” “Fidoodlin’,” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Solos abound throughout, showing off the expert skills of three fiddlers, a lead guitarist, a pedal steel player, and an accordionist. Standouts include a Le Jazz Hot-flavored “Write Myself a Letter,” a gently chugging “Route 66,” and the torchy “Embraceable You,” but the whole set goes down easy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Time Jumpers are a group of seasoned Nashville session pros who love the jazzy, easy-going sound of Western Swing. The band’s name playfully refers to the group’s ‘30s-through-’60s repertoire and is a slang term for a musician messing up a beat. Monday night regulars at the Station Inn, a well-known Nashville nightspot, the Time Jumpers play classics by Bob Wills and Cindy Walker and an assortment of country, pop, and jazz tunes. Jumpin’ Time, a set of 26 old-timey delights, was recorded live at the club in 2006 and captures the sense of tossed off virtuosity in their playing. The album includes six instrumentals, including three originals (“Stompin’ At the Station,” “Pig Dog Hop,” and the title cut) and covers of “My Weakness Is Too Strong,” “Fidoodlin’,” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Solos abound throughout, showing off the expert skills of three fiddlers, a lead guitarist, a pedal steel player, and an accordionist. Standouts include a Le Jazz Hot-flavored “Write Myself a Letter,” a gently chugging “Route 66,” and the torchy “Embraceable You,” but the whole set goes down easy.

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2:46
3:58
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2:56
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About The Time Jumpers

A group of studio singers and musicians came together in Nashville in 1998 to form the Time Jumpers, a lively Western swing outfit. Initially, it was a loose gathering, consisting of a handful of members in a lineup that was subject to frequent change. The first lineup, which played for pure fun in a garage, featured Hoot Hester, Michael Blaustone, Dennis Crouch, and Danny Parks. The band's first time playing out featured Hester and Crouch, with the addition of Andy Reiss, Aubrey Haynie, Kenny Malone, Johnny Cox, and Robert Bowlin. They played out infrequently until they made their informal home at the Station Inn, where they began playing about twice a month. Informal sessions also occurred behind the scenes at the Grand Ole Opry, where the Time Jumpers would start dressing-room jams while waiting to back other artists. When the group's Station Inn sessions increased to weekly, Rick Vanaugh stepped in to take Malone's place while Kenny Sears took over for Bowlin. In the meantime, Jeff Taylor also came aboard. Within months, Haynie opted to drop out. At one time, the group also featured vocalist Adie Grey. The band's On the Air album features Hester and Sears on vocals and fiddle, steel guitarist Cox, bassist Crouch, guitarist Reiss, vocalist and accordionist Taylor, and drummer Vanaugh. The band has also included singers Carolyn Martin and the late Dawn Sears, who was married to Kenny Sears. On the Air features an appearance by Eddie Stubbs, announcer for the Grand Ole Opry. Vince Gill joined the band in 2012, and is featured on the group's self-titled The Time Jumpers, which appeared later that same year from Rounder Records. The album was a critical success, earning the group a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album in 2013. Just prior to the September 2016 release of their follow-up LP, Kid Sister, founding member Hoot Hester succumbed to cancer. Kid Sister was itself dedicated to another Time Jumpers member who died from cancer, Dawn Sears, who passed in 2014. ~ Linda Seida

ORIGIN
Nashville, TN
GENRE
Country
FORMED
1998

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