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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 off-shoot 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 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, illustrates -- putting 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. ~ William Ruhlmann & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Track List: Intersections 1985-2005

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Comments

Love his chording. Too bad he's another dumb lib. Shut up and sing!.
victoriahoga n 6
Listened to him live last night in Wilmington NC with the Fam.....he & the Noisemakers were spectacular! Love you Bruce! Victoria
My all-time favorite
Hornsby never stops entertaining ! Danny
Shenanigans
you think Bruce is good you should check out my band Mormon Orgy.
I sat in the dressing room and drank beers with Hornsby many years ago. About six of us sat and talked about life for three hours after his performance at the La Crosse Center. An incredibly nice guy! Polite, articulate, down to earth. Thanks Pandera for allowing me to create my own station!
Bruce is the s**t!!!!!
Nice memories for me. Great stuff!
Always makes me feel warm and good inside. Lots memories
Met him in a store in Williamsburg va a few months ago...super nice guy.
dont read this because it actually happens. you will be kissed by ur love by the nearest friday. tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. now that u started reading this dont stop. post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. if u dont post this u will die in 2 days. when ur done press f6 then ur lovers name will be on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually real
Great use of 9ths and 13ths
Let's give credit to RS in Standing on the Moon. What a loss. My heard breaks for the family.
I love the sound of his music
This is real feel good music
Still my home
ronton617
What an amazing Album this was. Just one great song after another. They just don't make music like this anymore. Timeless.... .
Bomb song
ruhard to find such good music bruce does it well
I love to listen to Pandora and let it pick my music while I'm doing graphics on my computer.
I agree, Mandolin Rain is a very good song!
Mandolin Rain is a great song
love hornsby .. listened to him in MSP and now in PHX
I lay it down often.
Its almost like being stuck in the 80s.But thats not really a bad thing either.
My house is filled with his music almost all the time.:)
His piano runs and style remind me of seeing the Coachella Valley from Whitewater at dusk. windmills and all their majesty. All of this under the Stars of Mexicali under the warm wofty winds,,,
Its all good
Lol
I guess if could here him sing all day I could try being gay.
If i love bruce so much why dont you marry him.
Before you say it.
I also own this whole horsnby thing apparently here.
Im sure Ive said this but,Bruce is like a musical antidepressa n t . I t actually feels good listenening to him sing.Love it
Every little one.Another good one.:))
I listen to bruce when i play black opps 2 zombie sometimes.Be l i e v e it or not it helps.lol
We never stopped walkin on
I didn't realize he was 6'6" until he stood up a grabbed his accordion and wailed on it!!
svgray52
I played piano for six years and always felt I couldn't do it justice. A combination of this man's work and a line from M*A*S*H showed me why. I could play the piano, but men like Bruce don't simply play the piano. Bruce makes music. Pure and beautiful. I hope to see him in concert just once and let him know just what his music means to my life.
Walk on walk on.Thats what were all doing these days.Another song we can relate with.Go figure
This song is relevant in these times just as it was when it was wrote.2013 times are really tough.Thats just the way it is.I dont believe them.
This man has such a good outlook on everything.H i s voice is like sound antidepressi o n for us all to enjoy.
I like Madolin rain too :)
Mandolin rain is his best work I think.
I like it
I like it
coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Awesome artist I love Bruce hornsby
joeschroeder 4 6 0
Great song it really takes me away to a sunny happy day thanks great toon !
I wish everyone would listen to the words of this song.
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