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     Hornsby, Bruce (23rd November 1954-Present)

    He is a pianist, accordionist and singer-songwriter born Bruce Randall Hornsby in Williamsburg, Virginia, who took his musical studies at the Berklee College of Music, the University of Miami and the University of Richmond.   In 1974 he became a member of his brother Bobby's band, Bobby Hi-Test & The Octane Kids, and with them performed covers of songs by groups such as Grateful Dead, The Band and the Allman Brothers Band.   He and his brother, John, decided to relocate to Los Angeles after he had graduated from the University of Miami in 1977 and once there they became songwriters for 20th Century Fox, and stayed with the company for the next three years.  During these years he was also starting to be noticed as a touring and session musician and spent time as a member of Sheena Easton's tour band, but returned to Virginia after a while.  In 1984 he put together Bruce Hornsby & The Range with the bass player Joe Puerta amongst others, and this was when he would really start to see success as his first song "The Way It Is" catapulted itself into the top spot on the 1986 US charts and the ensuing album won him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year.  The group continued its success with the singles "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss" and in 1988 released their next album Scenes From the Southside which produced "Look Out Any Window" and "The Valley Road".  That same year he appeared with the Grateful Dead and started a collaboration, which lasted until the group's disbandment in 1992 and continued touring with them once they evolved into the Dead.  He also was a performer with another of their offshoot bands - The Other Ones.  In the latter half of the 1980s he spread his wings into the production field and also became a much sought after sideman and between producing and his session work he has had the fortune to work with acts such as Patti Austin, Clint Black, Jimmy Buffett, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bela Fleck, David Foster, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Elton John, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson, Leon Russell, Sting, Linda Thompson, Roger Waters and Warren Zevon among others.  At the same time in 1989 he began performing music that incorporated bluegrass and jazz and appeared at a bluegrass festival that same year.  1990 saw the release of the Bruce Hornsby & The Range final album A Night on the Town and after a last tour they disbanded in 1991.  Throughout the 1990s he and his touring band made regular appearances throughout the United States and in 2000 they became officially known as Hornsby & The Noise Makers, releasing their Here Comes the Noise Makers that same year.  The albums he has been involved with are many but a small number of them include his own Grammy Award winning Harbor Lights for the song "Barcelona Mona", Big Swing Face, Halycon Days, Hot House, Intersections (1985-2005) that contains the Grammy nominated "Spirit H" and Spirit Trail, as well as Sirius by Clannad, Live It Up by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Under the Red Sky by Bob Dylan, End of the Innocence by Don Henley, Small World by Huey Lewis & The News, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2 by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which included his reworking of "The Valley Road" and received the 1990 Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy Award, Infrared Roses with Grateful Dead, Fire Inside by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Play by Squeeze, Tribe by Bernie Taupin and the soundtracks of Backdraft, Bamboozled, Baseball: The American Epic, Clockers and Tin Cup.  His songwriting has also seen its own achievements with "Jacob's Ladder" becoming a huge hit for Huey Lewis & The News and his co-written "The End of the Innocence" was a great success for Don Henley.  These skills are also heard in the Broadway musical SCKBSTD.  In recent years he has been heard playing J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations integrated into his own songs at various concerts, had a scholarship established at the University of Miami, appeared at several jazz festivals, performed as part of the Your House Band at the post-inauguration fundraiser for Nancy Pelosi, hosted a musical event to honour 400 years in America,  released the hit album Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby and Camp Meeting with his newly formed The Bruce Hornsby Trio and also become the owner of The Tide WTYD 92.3FM radio station in Williamsburg.  An avid sports fan, he can be regularly seen at Saint Louis, Missouri, watching the Cardinals play and also following college basketball games in Virginia.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.brucehornsby.com/bio.htm
    2. http://www.brucehornsby.com/index.html
    3. http://www.myspace.com/brucehornsby
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Hornsby
    5. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/brucehornsby/biography
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difqxqe5ldae~T1
    7. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difqxqe5ldae~T4
    8. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difqxqe5ldae~2~T40B

     

    Here he is performing "Spider Fingers"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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