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Western Swing Wednesdays - November 1, 2008

Join Carolyn Martin and the Nashville Swingers at the world famous Nashville Palace beginning on November 26th for Western Swing Wednesdays, an evening of western swing and traditional country music that will take place each and every Wednesday.

From the very beginning, western swing was dance music. Born in Texas in the 1930’s as an eclectic blend of big band and string band music along with jazz, blues, show tunes, cowboy songs and Dixieland – mixed with the ethnic sounds of Czech, Scottish, Irish, German and Hispanic culture, Western Swing became a definitive part of Texas – and American – music. The Nashville Palace’s large dance floor makes it the ideal venue for dancers as well as for listeners.

Come to Carolyn's Western Swing Wednesdays and dancing can again be part of your Nashville western swing experience.

Carolyn wins Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year - September 24, 2008

Carolyn Martin is the 2008 recipient of the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year. The award was presented at the 13th Annual Academy of Western Artists Award Show on September 23rd in the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas.

“I would like to thank the Academy of Western Artists for this honor. It’s wonderful that the AWA supports Western Swing along with traditional western music and art,” said Martin. Carolyn performed “When You Wish Upon A Star” from her highly latest CD, “Swing”, at the awards show. Among the other performers at the show were the Light Crust Doughboys, Curtis Potter, Darryl McCall and Eli Barsi.

The AWA Awards Show brings together cowboy and western artists, radio personalities, publishers, news media, and other music and arts industry people who share a common interest in all things western, and its mission is to promote and encourage the American Cowboy and Western Arts to future generations. It is to traditional cowboy and western arts what the Academy of Motion Pictures is to the movie industry.

Live in Studio C September 2 - August 28, 2008

Carolyn Martin will be performing songs from her CD "The Very Thought of You" on Nashville Public Radio WPLN's "Live In Studio C" on Tuesday, September 2. The show airs from 11:00 to noon and will be re-broadcast on Tuesday night from 8:00-9:00. "Live in Studio C" can be heard in Middle Tennessee at 90.3 on the FM dial, and also at

Joining Carolyn will be pianist Beegie Adair and guitarist Andre
Reiss, with Bob Mater playing drums and Dave Martin on bass.

Time Jumpers back at the Opry - August 27, 2008

Carolyn and the rest of the Time Jumpers will perform on both Opry shows on Saturday night; the group will be performing a medley of songs about San Antonio.

Carolyn at Shakespeare in the Park - August 25, 2008

Carolyn, Kat Bowser and Dave Martin will perform on August 31 at 6:30 as a warmup to the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of "Coriolanus" in Nashville's Centennial Park.

Carolyn and Kat will be performing new songs as well as material from each of their recent projects.

The Time Jumpers invited back to the Opry - March 25, 2008

Carolyn and the other Time Jumpers will be performing on the televised portion of the Grand Ole Opry on March 29th. This performance will be the first time that the Time Jumpers have played together at the Opry House, and the first time that they've been invited to play on the televised portion.

Carolyn on "Live in Studio C" - March 25, 2008

Carolyn Martin performed a selection of swing and western swing tunes from her latest CD on WPLN radio's "Live in Studio C" on Tuesday, March 25th.

Carolyn was accompanied by Jeff Lisenby, Walter Hartman, John England, Andy Reiss, Tommy Hannum, Hoot Hester and Dave Martin as she sang 7 songs from "Swing", including Hoot Hester's "Only Time Will Tell" and "Texas To A T" (Carolyn's duet with John England).

The show will be re-broadcast at 8:00PM on the 25th, and will be available for at least a week on the WPLN archives. To hear the performance, go to:

An Intimate Evening With Eddie Stubbs! - March 1, 2008

Carolyn will be appearing with the Time Jumpers this coming Thursday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville as part of 650WSM on air personality Eddie Stubb’s popular “Intimate Evening Series”.
The show takes place on Thursday, March 6th from 7 to9 PM in the newly renovated and expanded Museum Store at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. You can’t buy tickets to the show, but you can win tickets by registering at after clicking on Eddie Stubb’s photo. The show will also be broadcast live on AM 650WSM, so be sure to tune in if you can’t be there in person!

A Second Opry Appearance for the Time Jumpers - February 23, 2008

The Time Jumpers performed on both shows at the Grand Ole Opry on February 23rd

Time Jumpers to play on the Opry! - January 7, 2008

The Time Jumpers' debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry will be on February 2nd, at the Ryman Auditorium. The Time Jumpers will play both shows.

The TimeJumpers to be featured on "Woodsongs" this weekend - September 7, 2007

Nashville's hottest band, The Time Jumpers, will be featured on this weekend's broadcast of The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Show host Michael Jonathan invited the band to take over the entire hour of the show, which is normally shared between two acts. The band performs a number of tunes from their latest album "Jumpin' Time," and they also discuss the history and current revival of Western Swing.

The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour is featured on hundreds of stations nationally and internationally and is also broadcast on XM Channel 15 - The Village.

The Time Jumpers includes bassist Dennis Crouch; acoustic rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist "Ranger Doug" Green (of Riders In The Sky); fiddlers Aubrey Haynie, Kenny Sears and Joe Spivey; pedal steel guitarist "Papa" John Hughey; lead electric guitarist Andy Reiss; accordionist Jeff Taylor; drummer Rick Vanaugh; and lead vocalists Dawn Sears and Carolyn Martin.

Carolyn plays the Honky Tonk Angels for Habitat - August 22, 2007

Carolyn sang two songs from her new album at the Honky-Tonk Angels for Habitat benefit, a show hosted by Pan Tillis and Brenda Lee that featured Crystal Gayle, Elizabeth Cook, Dawn Sears, Helen Cornelius, Jan Howard, Mandy Barnett, Jeannie Seely, and the legendary Connie Smith.
In addition to her own performance, Carolyn and Pam sang backup vocals behind Helen Cornelius, and then Helen, Carolyn, and Pam sang harmony for Jeannie Seely.

The event, held at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, was a success both musically and as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

"Swing" On CD Baby - June 9, 2007

Carolyn's lates CD, "Swing" should be available through CD Baby in the next few days; until then, you can pick it up from Carolyn at any of her performances - espeically at the Station Inn on Monday nights.

Carolyn Martin's "Swing" is released! - May 28, 2007

"Swing", the new CD from Carolyn Martin is here! The CD showcases Carolyn’s love for Western Swing – the music made famous by such legendary performers as Bob Wills and Spade Cooley.

In the finest Texas tradition, ”Swing” is a a collection of classic and contemporary western swing songs that showcase Carolyn along with many of her favorite musicians – fiddlers Hoot Hester, Joe Spivey, and Kenny Sears, Andre Reiss, Jerry Krahn and Doug Green on guitars, John Hughey, Johnny Cox and Mike Johnson on steel, along with many others, and includes special vocal performances by John England from the Western Swingers and the Riders In The Sky’s Ranger Doug Green.

The Time Jumpers DVD now available! - January 20, 2007

Most folks who know Carolyn know that she also sings with The Time Jumpers, Nashville's premier Western Swing band. "Jumpin' Time", the Time Jumpers new DVD is now available. The CD can be purchased from or as well as at the Station Inn on Monday nights, duringthe Time Jumpers' regular perfomance.

Recording News - January 15, 2007

Carolyn has started working on a new CD - this one will be a Western Swing project. The first tracking session at Nashville's Java Jive Studio took place, and more are upcoming. Check back for more information!

Happy New Year! - January 1, 2007

The Time Jumpers "Jumpin' Time" DVD and CD's will be available on the Time Jumpers website beginning January 3, 2007.
The DVD features performances by Carolyn and the other members of the Time Jumpers at Nashville's world famous Station Inn. The DVD features more than two hours of music, and captures all the excitement of the band's regular Monday night performance at the Station Inn.
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