Renowned Western swing band The Time Jumpers released Tuesday their self-titled debut album on Rounder Records.
The 11-piece Western swing outfit, which consists of Oklahoma-born and bred Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and many of Nashville’s top session players, is making music in the spirit of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. The Nashville supergroup’s first studio album also dabbles in other classic genres, from the smoky jazz torch song “Faint of Heart” to the bouncy cowboy song “Ridin’ on the Rio.” There’s even yodeling.
“It’s really hardcore traditional country music that you don’t hear too much of anymore. Man, it’s a blast. The only thing you gotta watch is, you know, with an 11-piece band you gotta a lot of toes to worry about stepping on,” Gill told me in a recent phone interview.
“It’s an unbelievably talented bunch of musicians, so it’s a big step up for me musically to play with a band of this caliber and to play the music that I kind of grew up on back home.”
In this Wednesday Video Spotlight, Gill, who joined The Time Jumpers in 2010, and the other members of the band talk about the new album, the follow-up to their 2007 Grammy-nominated live recording “Jumpin’ Time.” Also, Gill’s wife, fellow singer Amy Grant, talks about the recording of “The Time Jumpers” in her husband’s home studio.
Gill’s name may be the most recognizable of The Time Jumpers, but the band features many of Nashville’s top studio musicians. Since the band started playing its regularly Monday slot at the famed Station Inn bluegrass club back in 1998, stars as bright and diverse as Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Kings of Leon, The White Stripes, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Plant have jumped at the chance to hear The Time Jumpers.
Back in spring, the Western swing outfit made the leap from the Station Inn to the much larger 3rd & Lindsley nightclub in downtown Music City due to the overwhelming demand to catch their Monday night shows.
To read more of my interview with Gill about The Time Jumpers, click here. Look for even more of my interview with the Oklahoma native, along with my album review of “The Time Jumpers,” on Friday.
Gill is performing two home state shows this autumn: He is playing a benefit show Sunday at his alma mater, Northwest Classen High School, and headlining next month’s Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie. Here are the details on those shows:
VINCE GILL IN CONCERT
The Hudson Performance Hall at Northwest Classen High School grand opening benefit concert
Featuring: Vince Gill, The Mojo Men with Rick White and Bill Maxwell.
When: 2 p.m. Sept. 16 Sunday.
Where: Hudson Performance Hall, 2801 NW 27.
Tickets and information: 840-2146 or www.NWCFriends.org.
Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival
Featuring: Vince Gill, Kruger Brothers, Byron Berline Band and more.
When: Oct. 4-6.
Where: Festival grounds on Cottonwood Creek, State Highway 33 at U.S. 77, Guthrie.
Tickets and information: 282-4446 or www.oibf.com.