Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers | Southern Living

Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers | Southern Living


– I like being with my
buds and playing music. That’s what makes me tick. (old time fiddle music) Oh, very, very, very much. It was probably about ’89, I think. Jenny told this story the
other night on the stage. She was gonna be in her
first grade talent show. She asked me to teach her a
song and play guitar for it, so we learned You Are My Sunshine. The middle of that week, the Opry called. I’d never been able to
play there to that point, and always wanted to. And they called and said, “Hey, we’ve been watching your career, and we like what you do. Would you come out and guest on the Opry?” I said I’d love to, just say when. They said, “Well Saturday night.” “This Saturday night?” “Yeah.” I said, “Man, I can’t make it. I’m booked at the Grassland
Elementary School.” (laughing) Anyway, they invited me back. I think the whole time. And I know that sounds like an odd answer, but I felt like I made it
because I made a living. It wasn’t much of a living. There were some mighty,
mighty, mighty lean years, you know and I’d look back on those years and go how on earth could
you have possibly survived only making a few thousand dollars a year, whatever it was, you know. But I did. It was great knowing I didn’t need much. And I still don’t. You know, I have plenty,
I’ve accomplished plenty, and all of that, but my life
style hasn’t changed that much. I gotta few more guitars than
I used to and that’s about it. (laughing) It’s an interesting band in
that it sounds kinda timeless. Steeped in western swing, a
lot of people this day and age probably not gonna understand
what western swing is. It was the music that was
popular in the 30s and 40s. It’s a derivative of big band music. And from the same time period. We do the same kind of thing,
only with western influences, fiddle, steel guitars, more countrified-type instrumentation. There’s not a lot of it around, but it’s an amazing feeling music. It makes you feel good. It’s a song I wrote for Dawn Sears, who was the real light in the Time Jumpers for a long, long time. Lost her to cancer a year and a half ago, and she just was easily
one of the finest singers I ever heard. And I had the great privilege
of her being in my band for over 20 years. She sang so good and she was so solid that I could do anything
I wanted around her, and come in, come out, the
notes go this way, that way, and I knew she was never gonna falter. And it was amazing to get to sing knowing that that kid had my back. It was great. And so when she passed,
she deserved a song.

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