The Time Jumpers

The Nashville club phenomenon (the group’s shows are regular sell-outs) makes the jump, if you will, to a national scale with this collection of Western swing and traditional tunes.

Insiders know that The Time Jumpers boasts a roster of the top A-list players on Music Row and have now added Vince Gill to the permanent ranks. Vince contributes five originals to the project, and they all sound as though they could be hits on their own, particularly “The Woman of My Dreams” and the upbeat “On the Outskirts of Town.”

But commercial viability isn’t exactly the aim or the focus. You’re not likely to hear any of the selections on a mainstream country radio station (unless it’s an incredibly hip, or loosely consulted, one). These folks get together for the love of the music, and it shows throughout.

The Time Jumpers album invokes the stylings of Bob Wills (there’s even a reference to Bob’s “Faded Love” on one track) and Spade Cooley without coming across like a “tribute” album. The more consistently enjoyable numbers are the high-spirited jaunts, led by the opening instrumental “Texoma Bound,” “Nothing but the Blues,” and Mundo Earwood’s “Texas on a Saturday Night.” But it’s hard to resist Dawn Sears’ aching vocal on the bluesy “So Far Apart,” reminiscent of a ‘40’s torch song.

There are still new releases yet to come for the year, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more proficient album than The Time Jumpers. You can hear the Grammys calling already.

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