ORANGE, Calif., September 20, 2016 — Country superstar Vince Gill may be best-known for his ability to sell out many of the largest performance venues in the world. He has 19 Grammys, 13 CMAs, 4 ACMs and a host of others, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame over his 40-plus-year career.  But he also sings and plays as a member of a multiple Grammy Award-nominated Americana acoustic roots and swing ensemble, the Time Jumpers.   Gill and the Time Jumpers come to Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available, at $30 to $35, and may be purchased at or by calling 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).

The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. Besides vocalist-guitarist Gill, they are “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Billy Thomas (drums, vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals).

The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming acoustically with their sonically gifted buddies. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened.

Learning that Monday evenings were the slowest in the week for the Station Inn bluegrass club, these superpickers 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.

After more than 10 years together, the band re-located 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 – Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group-Country and Best Country Album. The band has just released and is touring behind another CD for Rounder Records: “Kid Sister,” a touching tribute to their late friend and bandmate, the acclaimed vocalist Dawn Sears (who was married to group member Kenny Sears), who died of cancer in 2014.

Gill told Rolling Stone Country that the Time Jumpers is truly a group effort and that he rarely does any of his own material when onstage with them. “I try to keep it with the spirit of what this band is. I work really hard at helping people to grasp I’m just one of the guitar players,” he said. “I bring a lot of attention to the band because I’m in it, and I can’t help that. But everybody in that band knows my heart and everybody is completely fine with it.”

Artists, dates and programs are subject to change.


Since its Grand Opening in March 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has taken its place among the nation’s top university arts education and performance venues, offering students and distinguished faculty the opportunity to achieve the highest standard of arts-related education through hands-on, real-world production and performance experience.  At Musco Center, the Chapman campus audience and surrounding community enjoy large-scale opera and theatre productions, touring dance companies, symphonies, chamber performances, jazz concerts, popular music and much more. For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, visit


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