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Bruce Hornsby

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Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, virtuoso pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. He is probably best known for his 1980s signature song “The Way It Is” and the top five hits “Mandolin Rain,” and “The Valley Road”, all recorded as Bruce Hornsby & the Range, and for his long association with the Grateful Dead. In some of his solo albums (from 1993) he moved in a less commercial, more musically-challenging direction. From 2000 he recorded albums a series of albums as Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers.

In 1984 Hornsby formed Bruce Hornsby & the Range, who were signed to RCA Records in 1985. Besides Hornsby, Range members were David Mansfield (guitar, mandolin, violin), George Marinelli (guitars and backing vocals), Joe Puerta (bass guitar and backing vocals), and John Molo (drums).

During the 1990s he toured with the Grateful Dead, and released four albums, including A Night On the Town (1990) after which he split from The Range. Harbor Lights (1993) was his first solo album and signaled Hornsby was moving in a new jazz-influenced direction, whilst retaining elements of rock and pop. Later releases include Hot House (1995) and Spirit Trail (1998).

His experimental album Big Swing Face (2002) attracted much criticism as it veered away from his piano-based style. Despite these criticisms, he returned with his next studio album, shrugging off RCA and signing to Sony Music Entertainment. Halcyon Days, released in 2004, saw a return to the piano as the key instrument; this album also became the premise for his world tour the same year.

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  • SSBN623

    bruce, jim simon here . . . i shall meet you in AZ to clear up some loose ends

    28 Jan 7:13pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    lt. why did you never learn that dickwads ridin' bikes ain't good for my bank account

    28 Jan 7:00pm Reply
  • Nochek

    Thank You!

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Can I vomit? Look at the My Dick band cover song of this. THX!!!

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Henrique_Lee

    Excelente!

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    I'm sorry, but this guy's got nothing to do with Steve Winwood other than that they were both big in the 80s–and that was only one phase of Winwood's career. I can only imagine the number of Hornsby fans who get more recent Latin-influenced, jazzy jams such as Phoenix Rising on their Recommended Radio streams and wonder the same thing.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Timothy21121993

    Worlds greatest dad - thats some fucked up story

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • brokepainter

    That's just the way it is.

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • thedaydreamer92

    I heard him in "World's Greatest Dad". I really enjoy Mandolin Rain.

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dthacker

    Great show in Omaha at Red Sky Festival. Thanks!

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • penncanarchives

    Harbor Lights is such a great album that was so under appreciated!

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • kaiserzeitgeist

    I keep comin' back to Bruce. God Bless this middle of the road whitebread groovemaster. We love you, Bruce. :^)

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • morningside24

    World's Greatest Dad!

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Cemetary_walk

    I meant to say that, hahah, yes, free legal download, get it

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Cemetary_walk

    Him and his noisemakers have a free live double-disc release on Live downloads, daigle's choice, pick it up, its good stuff :)

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • sagnikroychowdh

    that's neat. :D

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • apunktniemand

    i did :)

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • sagnikroychowdh

    Who here checked him out cause of "Community"?

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • lifebeat

    In the groove with Intersections tonight. I can't get enough of Bruce, amazing.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • RozynDragon

    This guy is so underrated D: He deserves much more attention... Well, at least I'm loving his music! ^_^

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
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