Western Swing Band The Time Jumpers to Perform at Smothers Theatre
An assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians, including Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin, The Time Jumpers will bring its signature country, swings, and pop tunes to Smothers Theater in Malibu on Friday, September 30, at 8 PM.
The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville, Tennessee in 1998 by a group of artists 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
Learning that Monday evenings were the slowest in the week for the Station Inn bluegrass club, they 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.
The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. They are Brad Albin (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 (vocals, fiddle) and Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano), and Billy Thomas (vocals, drums).
Tragically The Time Jumpers lost their 11th member, vocalist Dawn Sears, who passed away December 11, 2014. Diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2012, Sears fought the disease ferociously and championed efforts for lung cancer research.
After almost 20 years together, the band relocated their Monday night shows to 3rd & Lindsley, a larger capacity club in Nashville. In 2013 the band’s self-titled release on Rounder Records was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in Country and Best Country Album. On September 9, 2016, The Time Jumpers released their second album, Kid Sister.
Ticket prices range between $10 and $75 and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performance, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts page on the Pepperdine University website.