Finally, the "show that stars go to see" has been captured for fans of all musical tastes on CD and DVD. That show, of course, is the now-famous weekly romp by The Time Jumpers, a band of A-list musicians, that takes place every Monday night at Nashville's legendary Station Inn.
Jumpin' Timethe title of both the 2-disc CD and the 2-hour DVDis now available at thetimejumpers.com, iTunes, and at selected record stores.
Started as a jam session in which off-the-road and off-the-clock pros got together to unwind by playing their favorite kinds of songs, the performances were scheduled for the club's slowest night of the week, a time when only the most hardcore and appreciative fans were likely to show up. If nobody came, that was OK, too, because the pickers and singers were quite content to play for each other's entertainment.
At first, only the critics went wild about the show. Then, as word spread, some very famous folk began dropping in. Reba McEntire was so excited on her first visit that she joined the band to belt out some Bob Wills tunes. Vince Gill often sits in. Following one of her concerts, Bonnie Raitt came by with her band and listened in awe as the Time Jumpers breezed through an unforgettable program of Western swing, jazz, country, pop and cowboy classics. Recently, rock icon Robert Plant even pulled up a chair.
All seasoned touring and studio musicians, the Time Jumpers include bassist Dennis Crouch; acoustic rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist "Ranger" Doug Green (of Riders in the Sky); fiddlers Aubrey Haynie, Kenny Sears and Joe Spivey; pedal steel guitarist "Papa" John Hughey; lead electric guitarist Andy Reiss; accordionist Jeff Taylor; drummer Rick Vanaugh; and lead vocalists Dawn Sears and Carolyn Martin.
On any given Monday, fans might find themselves rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Dunn, Delbert McClinton, Pam Tillis, Sonya Isaacs, Mel Tillis, Sheryl Crow, Lee Ann Womack, Jimmy C. Newman and Linda Davis; Nashville execs Tony Brown, Buddy Cannon; and legendary musicians Charlie McCoy, Paul Franklin, Gary Nicholson, Bob Moore, all of whom have been there to cheer the Time Jumpers on.
The DVD and CD each features 26 songs and was filmed and recorded live at the Station Inn on a Monday night in May. The selections include "Stompin' At The Station," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sugar Moon," "Write Myself A Letter," "Along The Navajo Trail," "It's All Your Fault," "Pig Dog Hop," "Leavin' And Sayin' Goodbye," "Blues For Dixie," "Fidoodlin'," "Bring It On Down To My House," "Route 66" and "Smile."
Also, "Roly Poly," "South Of The Border," "Jumpin' Time," "Bonaparte's Retreat," "My Confession," "Give Me A Pinto Pal," "Embraceable You," "Cherokee Maiden," "My Weakness Is Too Strong," "All Of Me," "Caravan," "Sweet Memories" and "My Window Faces The South."
Among the composers represented in this musical treasury are Bob Wills, Cindy Walker, Fats Waller, Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, Bobby Troup, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Rose, Pee Wee King, George and Ira Gershwin, Mickey Newbury and Duke Ellington. Three of the instrumentals were composed by Time Jumpers members.
In addition to containing complete performances of 26 songs, the Jumpin' Time DVD also includes revealing and insightful commentaries from all the band members, as well as remarks from Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Jeannie Seely, Sonya Isaacs, and Linda Davis. The CD artwork includes the lyrics to all the songs as well as who performed which solo. The concert was shot in front of a live audience and conveys the warmth and intimacy of an evening at the Station Inn, right down to the ringing of the ship's bell near the bar to honor particularly stunning performances.
Jumpin' Time was executive produced by Terry Choate for The Crosswind Corporation. Matt Coale directed the DVD. Dennis Ritchie recorded and mixed the amazing audio and Bradford Van Demark at BlueSky Filmworks is responsible for the stunning video editing. The Time Jumpers created all the musical arrangements.