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Bruce Hornsby

Possessed of a breezy, nonchalant style that belies his technical gifts, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and '60s soul. He worked for a while as a studio player and songwriter, and had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical "The Way It Is." After that, he continued to release albums that honored his own muse rather than the marketplace, and put together various backing bands to suit the mood and style of the genres he works in. Hornsby has also maintained a close musical relationship with the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, having toured as a temporary member in the early '90s and collaborated on offshoot recordings and live shows.

Bruce Hornsby was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and grew up in that combination college town and tourist center, later attending the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music. He then spent years playing in bars and sending demo tapes to record companies. In 1980, he and his brother (and songwriting partner) John Hornsby moved to Los Angeles, where they spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. There Bruce Hornsby met Huey Lewis, who would eventually produce him and record his material. Hornsby finally signed his band, the Range, to RCA in 1985. Their debut album, The Way It Is, was released in April 1986. It eventually produced three Top 20 hits, the biggest of which was the socially conscious "The Way It Is," which featured Hornsby's characteristically melodic right-hand piano runs. The album stayed in the charts for almost a year and a half and sold two million copies. Hornsby & the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1986.

Hornsby's second album, Scenes from the Southside, was not as successful as his debut, though it sold a million copies and produced the Top Ten single "The Valley Road." Hornsby also began to make his mark as a songwriter for others: Huey Lewis had a hit with his "Jacob's Ladder," as did Don Henley with "The End of the Innocence." Hornsby's third album, A Night on the Town (1990), found him trying to break out of his signature sound into other areas. It was less successful than its predecessors but, along with the pianist's extensive session work, it signaled his determination to tackle new musical challenges. Hornsby worked extensively as a producer and sideman in the early '90s, notably doing temporary duty in the Grateful Dead after their keyboardist, Brent Mydland, died in July 1990, and producing a comeback album for Leon Russell, an idol of Hornsby's. He also became the father of twin sons.

He finally turned in his fourth album, Harbor Lights, for release in 1993. This solo album, which did not feature his backup band, the Range, went gold, and Hornsby toured the U.S. and Canada through the end of the year. He followed it with a similar effort, Hot House, in July 1995, returning three years later with the double album Spirit Trail. Here Come the Noise Makers was issued in fall 2000. Since that time, Hornsby has released a handful of albums including Big Swing Face in 2002, Halcyon Days in 2004, the jazz-oriented Camp Meeting in 2007, and Levitate in 2009. Hornsby's most impressive playing has arguably been in live settings, though, as illustrated by the two-disc set Bride of the Noisemakers (released in 2011 and featuring concert performances from Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers recorded between 2007 and 2009), which put the band's impressive ability to jam in styles ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass on full display. A live set with Ricky Skaggs, Cluck Ol' Hen, appeared at the end of the summer in 2013. Another live album, a double-disc set called Solo Concerts, appeared on Vanguard Records in August 2014. In the summer of 2015, Hornsby reprised his role as keyboardist for the Grateful Dead during the group's 50th anniversary reunion shows in California and Chicago. A year later, he and the Noisemakers returned with their fifth album, Rehab Reunion. ~ William Ruhlmann & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music From The Original Motion Picture: Red Hook Summer

1. Boiler Room

2. Gospel Camp

3. Claus Ligeti

4. Song E (Flat)

5. Arc De Terre

6. Camp Vacation

7. Sordid Pastime

8. Hymn In C (Instrumental)

9. Ogerman

10. MNF

11. Arc De Terre (Live)

12. Ogerman (Live)

13. Spirit Climbing

14. Hymn In C

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Track List: Camp Meeting

1. Questions And Answers

2. Charlie, Woody 'n' You

3. Solar

4. Death And The Flower

5. Camp Meeting

6. Giant Steps

7. Celia

8. We'll Be Together Again

9. Stacked Marcy Possum

10. Straight, No Chaser

11. Un Poco Loco

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Track List: Intersections 1985-2005

Disc 1

1. The Way It Is (Live)

2. Mandolin Rain (Live)

3. The Valley Road (Live)

4. Jacob's Ladder (Live)

5. Nobody There But Me (Live)

6. The End Of The Innocence (Live)

7. Look Out Any Window (Live)

8. Across The River (live)

9. Lost Soul (Live)

10. Fields Of Gray / That's Where It's At (Live)

11. Walk In The Sun (live)

12. Gonna Be Some Changes Made (Live)

13. Dreamland (live)

Disc 2

1. Song A

2. Song B

3. Song C

4. Song D

5. Variations On Swan Song & Song D

6. Song F

7. Song H

9. Backhand

15. Big Stick

17. Hop, Skip And Jump

Disc 3

1. The Show Goes On (Live)

2. Barren Ground (live)

3. A Night On The Town (Live)

4. Talk Of The Town (Live)

5. Rainbow's Cadillac

6. Pastures Of Plenty

7. Spider Fingers / Tempus Fugit (Live)

8. White Wheeled Limousine / Long Black Veil (Live)

9. King Of The Hill / Twelve Tone Tune / Mystery Train (Live)

Disc 4

1. Resting Place (live)

2. Preacher In The Ring, Part I (live)

3. Preacher In The Ring, Part II

4. Fortunate Son / Comfortably Numb (Live)

5. Sneaking Up On Boo Radley (Live)

6. Shadowland (Live)

7. Sticks & Stones (Live)

8. The Chill

9. The Good Life

10. What The Hell Happened

11. Horray For Tom

12. Candy Mountain Run (Live)

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Track List: Halcyon Days

1. Gonna Be Some Changes Made

2. Candy Mountain Run

3. Dreamland

4. Circus On The Moon

5. Halcyon Days

6. What The Hell Happened

7. Hooray For Tom

8. Heir Gordon

9. Mirror On The Wall

10. Song F

11. Lost In The Snow

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Track List: Greatest Radio Hits

1. The Way It Is

2. Mandolin Rain

3. Every Little Kiss

4. The Valley Road

5. Look Out Any Window

6. Jacob's Ladder (Live)

7. The End Of The Innocence (Live)

8. Across The River

9. Lost Soul

10. Set Me In Motion

11. Fields Of Gray

12. Walk In The Sun

13. See The Same Way

14. The Good Life

15. Go Back To Your Woods

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Track List: Big Swing Face

1. Sticks & Stones

2. Cartoons & Candy

3. The Chill

4. Big Swing Face

5. This Too Shall Pass

6. Try Anything Once

7. Take Out The Trash

8. The Good Life

9. So Out

10. No Home Training

11. Place Under The Sun

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Track List: Spirit Trail

Disc 1

1. King Of The Hill

2. Resting Place

3. Preacher In The Ring (Part I)

4. Preacher In The Ring (Part II)

5. Song C

6. Sad Moon

7. Pete & Manny

8. Fortunate Son

9. Sneaking Up On Boo Radley

10. Great Divide

Disc 2

1. Line In The Dust

2. See The Same Way

3. Shadow Hand

4. Sunlight Moon

5. Listen To The Silence

6. Funhouse

7. Sunflower Cat (Some Dour Cat) (Down With That)

8. Song D

9. Swan Song

10. Variations On Swan Song & Song D

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Track List: Hot House

1. Spider Fingers

2. White Wheeled Limousine

3. Walk In The Sun

4. The Changes

5. The Tango King

6. Big Rumble

7. Country Doctor

8. The Longest Night

9. Hot House Ball

10. Swing Street

11. Cruise Control

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Track List: Harbor Lights

1. Harbor Lights

2. Talk Of The Town

3. Long Tall Cool One

4. China Doll

5. Fields Of Gray

6. Rainbow's Cadillac

7. Passing Through

8. The Tide Will Rise

9. What A Time

10. Pastures Of Plenty

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Track List: A Night On The Town

1. A Night On The Town

2. Carry The Water

3. Fire On The Cross

4. Barren Ground

5. Across The River

6. Stranded On Easy Street

7. Stander On The Mountain

8. Lost Soul

9. Another Day

10. Special Night

11. These Arms Of Mine

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Track List: Scenes From The Southside

1. Look Out Any Window

2. The Valley Road

3. I Will Walk With You

4. The Road Not Taken

5. The Show Goes On

6. The Old Playground

7. Defenders Of The Flag

8. Jacob's Ladder

9. Till The Dreaming's Done

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Track List: The Way It Is

1. On The Western Skyline

2. Every Little Kiss

3. Mandolin Rain

4. The Long Race

5. The Way It Is

6. Down The Road Tonight

7. The Wild Frontier

8. The River Runs Low

9. The Red Plains

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Without a doubt one of the great musicians of our time! Goes straight to the soul.
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Here's an interesting article about pretty similar artist. The article gives a link to a free song download too! http://bit.l y / s t e p h e n - p a r k e r - p o s t
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Look Out Any Window is so awesome!! I love that sound of music!
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djboehm0748
Takes me back to such great experiences in my life!
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Talented, breezy, real. All of his stuff is so good. Love it!
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Reminds me when I was in love ... My first boyfriend ... Love Bruce .
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Amazing artist.
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Bruce hits the soul deep !! Americana revisited in all his songs!!!
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Most underrated artist of the last 50 years without a doubt.
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Bruce is testimony to an absolute fact -- There's a great amount of talented folks living in our area of southeast Virginia
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old or new song, the man's just aces with me
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Live tonight in Des Moines!
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sandymcleod1 7 5
❤❤❤❤❤
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I like Bruce, that's just the way it is.
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eganboogie80 8 here you go bro



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Jeffrey Aldinger, I'll be fact checking that, but holy s**t that's a great story.
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The man behind the release of Allen Iverson from jail his senior year in high school. If Bruce doesn't call the governor of Virginia which eventually led to AI's release we may have never heard of Allen Iverson as a basketball player. As a fan of the Sixers I want to thank Bruce for that and being able to watch Iverson ball for a decade every night
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A great talent...he also toured with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt early 2000's which was a great concert.
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rogerpreciad o
the truth
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He also was successful in raising two fine boys who both play college level athletics, one here at LSU. Thanks Bruce, for your awesome music and for instilling your work ethic in your kids��
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This here is some good stuff.
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He is a solid musician on all fronts that he has been involved in. Solo or with a band he is sure to impress. Boy sure can pack a punch!
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Seeing him live (both solo or with his band) is a must for any fan. Bruce makes everone in his audience feel like special guests
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This man is a National Treasure. Incredibly talented and classy musician.
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kelly81881
One of the most melodic voices. Loved his music as a child and continue to be a fan now in my mid thirties. Tugs at my soul.
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Long live Bruce Hornsby!!!!! !
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I think he is Bonnie Rait's brother. I may be wrong.
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His style is highly individualis t i c . . . . k n o w him from the first run....never tire of these guys!
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Bruce is an amazing artist! I can listen to his music for hours on end.
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dou4now
I still have and play their First Album often especially when I am home sick for Santa Barbara, Ca...
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Brilliant musician!
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Magic!!! Incredible with his of music !!a great artist ! Thanks for great memory ��������
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E P I C ! Powerful beautiful song from the heart♡
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Could listen to him all day!
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pvinson5
I would Similar Artists 5 to create a station!!! How would do that?
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lpaulae
Ruled the mid-eighties . .
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Here comes Bruce Hornsby and The Range, stealing Every Little Kiss from the Rock & Roll girls.;)
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My favorite fom him well done
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mark46551
Keep being the great artist you are. I love your sound, all your misic
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Nice
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Beautiful
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Lovely
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Coming to the Zoo
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Human leage
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fhysical_ed
Love his music but Pandora seems to only plays music from the range days. Please don't neglect his solo and noisemaker contribution s .
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nmvbk
sweet easy listening..k i n d music.
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troykeller88 7 8
Kmow some people dont undestand why i like him but his music mpst remind me of a simpler time
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Mandolin Rain is my favorite song from the 80's. Hard to believe this song was on the charts at the same time as Bon Jovi's (Living on a Prayer) and the Beastie Boys (Fight For Your Right to Party)
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I (desperately ) wish I had a fraction of his talent. Love music so much but 45 years at it and still mediocre. How wonderful to have a muse. Bruce has such a gift.
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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