February 14, 2013

Gill and The Time Jumpers mix it up

The Western swing band's music sounds fresh and old at the same time.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The Time Jumpers is a group mostly made up of Nashville session players.

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THE TIME JUMPERS

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield

HOW MUCH: Sold out

INFO: stonemountainartscenter.com

Gill said playing in a band of great session players has made him a better musician. And because they take turns singing and he's not always the frontman, it gives him the opportunity to focus on guitar playing.

"I like the chance to focus on guitar playing, any style," he said. "I like turning up the amp to 13 and playing Clapton licks, and I like flat-picking for bluegrass. I like all of it."

Gill said seeing a Western swing band -- specifically The Time Jumpers -- is sort of like seeing a jam band. There's a lot of improvising, people trading licks and trading turns at the microphone.

Plus, you never know what might happen.

When asked if he remembered a time in Sioux Falls, S.D., more than 15 years ago when he sang along to his own hits in a karaoke bar, Gill laughed and said he did indeed remember.

"I never take myself too seriously, though when it comes to making music, I'm as serious as anyone," said Gill. "But I like to have fun, and I've been known to make a fool of myself once in a while."

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Stone Mountain Arts Center hosts Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers for a sold-out show Thursday.

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