Rounder Records’ The Time Jumpers has been nominated for two Grammy awards this morning. These nominations are the fifth and sixth for this 10-piece group of stellar musicians.
Best Americana Album: Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers
Best American Roots Song: “Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
“Because the Grammy Awards are based on the nominations of our peers, they are really the pinnacle of recognition for recording artists,” band member “Ranger Doug” Green acknowledged. “We are of course thrilled to be nominated again, so very proud that Kid Sister, our labor of love and tribute to Dawn, is so admired by our talented peers.” The album’s title is a tribute to the amazing vocalist and band member Dawn Sears who passed away before the album was completed. The entire project is dedicated to her.
The title track, which is also nominated, was written by Time Jumper band member and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill. Dawn also toured with Gill for over 20 years as his harmony singer. “I have a long history of finding pen and paper and writing songs about struggles that I go through, and losing Dawn is a struggle that we all still go through and always will,” comments Gill. “To me, remembering someone with a song, whether it be my brother with “Go Rest High On That Mountain” or my dad with “The Key To Life,” Dawn was someone who had a massive impact on my life, my career, everything. She gave me a lot of her life. That is powerful. It was only natural that a song should come from that long of a friendship.”
World-renowned, award-winning steel guitar player and long-time member of The Time Jumpers Paul Franklin adds his reaction to the nomination announcement. “If she is watching, Dawn would say ‘OMG!!!’ After Dawn’s passing, completing Kid Sister became an emotional roller coaster full of laughter and tears. This album exposes our hearts and souls.”
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 with their sonically gifted buddies. Their regular Monday night show, which currently resides at Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley, sells out every week and boasts a regular stream of special guests who jump on stage, including such performers as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, Jimmy Buffet, Elvis Costello, Kelly Clarkson and many, many others.