There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are the musicians' musicians - some of the best session players in the business, from Aubrey Haynie to Andy Reiss - and their Western Swing sets are regularly graced by guest stars (in particular the country legend Vince Gill). It's such a hot ticket you have to arrive a couple of hours early to make sure you get in (and get a seat) - otherwise you can do what we did, and come just for the second set, in the hope that some space becomes available. Either way, it's worth it to see, up close, some of the most virtuosic instrumentalists in America, if not the world. If you're lucky you'll see a few famous faces in the audience too.
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A Legend in the Heart of New Nashville
At first pass, you might think this place is nothing special, a little dumpy, even – an old cinder-block box in the heart of the shiny new condos and restaurants in the Gulch. Inside, it’s dark with dropped ceiling and a mishmash of old pews and tables topped with pitchers of beer and baskets of popcorn. Then the music starts, and it’s clear why it’s a legendary venue.