Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill won his 21st Grammy trophy at last night’s awards ceremonies in Los Angeles—this one for Best American Roots Song. In so doing, he also reaped the first Grammy for The Time Jumpers, the band of superstar sidemen of which Gill is a member.
Gill’s winning song was “Kid Sister,” the title track for The Time Jumpers’ latest Rounder Records album. He wrote it in honor of vocalist Dawn Sears, wife of TTJ fiddler Kenny Sears and a long-time member of the band who died of cancer in 2014.
On February 10, The Time Jumpers’ three fiddlers—Sears, Joe Spivey and Larry Franklin—were jointly inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame during the band’s show at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fiddlers Randy Howard and Papa John Creach were inducted posthumously.
To date, The Time Jumpers have earned six Grammy nominations: two for their first album, Jumpin’ Time, two more in 2013 for their self-titled release on Rounder Records, and their fifth and sixth this year for Best Americana Album for Kid Sister and Best American Roots Song for the title track.
The Time Jumpers’ 10 members are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (vocals, fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (vocals, fiddle), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (vocals, drum).
In addition to performing to sold out crowds on Monday nights at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley club, The Time Jumpers are scheduled for the following tour dates:
March 1—Avalon Theatre, Easton, Maryland
March 2—Birchmere, Alexandra, Virginia
March 3—New River Community College, Dublin, Virginia
March 4—Liberty Showcase Theater, Liberty, North Carolina
April 27—The Grand Theater, Wausau, Wisconsin
April 28—The Palladium, Carmel, Indiana
April 29—Temple Theatre, Saginaw, Michigan
April 30—Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio