BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS
Tuesday, July 25 at 8 p.m.
Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, from pop, jazz, bluegrass, and '60s soul, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employs a vast array of stylistic approaches. From the start, Hornsby has maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work.
Hornsby and his band The Range's first album The Way It Is (1986) went on to sell three million records, play Saturday Night Live and open for Steve Winwood, John Fogerty, Huey Lewis, the Grateful Dead and the Eurythmics before headlining their own tour.
Soon Hornsby was being approached regularly to collaborate with a broad range of musicians and writers: Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, Bob Seger, Squeeze, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), and many more. His songs have been recorded by another broad array of artists including Tupac Shakur (his iconic "Changes") among others.
Over the years Hornsby has successfully ventured into bluegrass, jazz, classical, and even electronica; recently merging traditional American roots music and the dissonance and adventure of modern classical music on Solo Concerts (2014). This latter-day interest has led to an orchestral project spearheaded by Michael Tilson Thomas featuring this new music and Thomas' New World Symphony.
His three GRAMMY wins (along with his ten losses!) typify the diversity of his career: Best New Artist (1986) as leader of Bruce Hornsby and The Range, Best Bluegrass Recording (1989) for a version of his old Range hit "The Valley Road" and a shared award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for "Barcelona Mona", a song written and performed for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Hornsby’s albums have sold over eleven million copies worldwide. The most recent record from Hornsby and his current band The Noisemakers (Sonny Emory on drums, JV Collier on bass, JT Thomas on keyboards, Ross Holmes on fiddle & mandolin and Gibb Droll on guitar), Rehab Reunion entered the Billboard album chart at 101 upon its 2016 release. This marked his tenth album appearance on the venerable chart over a thirty-year period. That same year, the Rolling Stone "Hot List" selected Hornsby as "Hot Surprise Influence", citing his influence on such modern artists as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Ryan Adams.
"It's always been about staying inspired, broadening my reach and range of abilities and influences, and exploring new areas", Hornsby says. "I'm very fortunate to be able to do that, to be a lifelong student, and to continue to pursue a wide-ranging musical life."