Tourists come to Nashville from all over the world to see country stars playing twangy guitars. However, it’s often hard to discern the proverbial “real deal” from its many weaker incarnations scattered about the city.
For this sought after “real deal”, one has to go no further than 3rd and Lindsley. The Time Jumpers, one of Nashville’s most acclaimed weekly acts, plays there on Monday nights.
The 11-member western swing band is more than just good music—it’s a who’s who of Country and Western musicians. With legends like Vince Gill and Ranger Doug so heavily involved in the band, it’s no wonder they are so commonly referred to as being one of the best bands in Nashville.
After years of playing at the Station Inn every Monday night and multiple lineup changes, The Time Jumpers have come to reside with their current lineup at 3rd and Lindsley.
The band’s current lineup is as follows: Dennis Crouch (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), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals). The only change in the lineup this past Monday night was Brad Alvin, who acted as a substitute bassist for Dennis Crouch.
The group’s website states: “Tap any member of The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music.” This couldn’t be more true—every last one of the musicians in the band have indeed been integral parts of Nashville’s thriving country music scene for years and years
This past Monday night was not my first time seeing The Time Jumpers perform, but it was my first time seeing them in their new pad. Simply put: it was amazing. The house was packed, and I had to stand in the very back corner of the balcony next to the frigid air-conditioning output, but it was worth every second of the chill.
I think it would be safe to say that nearly every member of the audience left the room that night completely satisfied. The band was humorous throughout the course of the evening, often making jokes regarding their individual achievements and expertise. If they weren’t having a good time joking around with one another, they were in the middle of a song which had the potential to range anywhere from a western swing classic to an original tune written by one of the band’s members.
The musicianship was outstanding, to say the least, and if that wasn’t enough to keep the audience engaged and bouncing along to the music, the vocal blend was. Nearly every member of the band acted as lead singer at least once throughout the night, and when they all sang together the sound that came through the speakers was enormous.
The Time Jumpers played two full sets, taking a short break in between songs. During the break, each member took the time to go around the audience, greeting people they knew or shaking hands and taking pictures with audience members.
The show starts at 9 p.m. every Monday night at 3rd and Lindsley. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, if you already live here or if you’re just passing through on a Monday and looking for something to do, The Time Jumpers is a must-see.