Bruce Hornsby

The thought of Bruce Hornsby honestly hadn't crossed my mind since I was in high school listening to his hits on the radio.  I'm sure you'll remember "Every Little Kiss", "Mandolin Rain" and of course "The Way It Is" when you hear them.  Those songs were all on his debut record, which won Bruce Hornsby and The Range the 1987 Grammy for Best New Artist.  "The Way It Is" was Hornsby's first -- and biggest hit.  The song is sensitive to issues of poverty, homelessness and the fight for civil rights and it was embraced by listeners and many different artists who recorded their own versions of it through the years.  But my own 20-year dismissal of Bruce Hornsby was my loss.  Bob went to interview Hornsby before a recent concert he gave at Wolftrap outside Washington, DC and I volunteered to produce the piece.  Bruce Hornsby was schooled in many different forms of music.  He was a jazz major at the University of Miami and Hornsby grew up going to bluegrass festivals in southern Virginia.  Last year he released two new CDs that indulge both of those passions.  Hornsby leads a jazz trio that includes Christian McBride on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.  Their CD is called "Camp Meeting."  His other new project is an album of traditional bluegrass with the great mandolin player Ricky Skaggs.  That CD is called simply "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby."  Hornsby also still records and tours with his band "The Noisemakers."  In 2006, Bruce Hornsby released a career-spanning four-CD box set called "Intersections" which really showcases the range of his talent and the range of his collaborations.  That box set also includes a DVD which features Hornsby's performances with artists such as The Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Lou Reed, Chaka Khan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Roger Waters, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt and Branford Marsalis.  Hornsby and Marsalis first got together to record "The Star-Spangled Banner" for Ken Burns' PBS Baseball documentary.  I hope you enjoy the show.  And speaking of shows, click here to see when and where Bruce Hornsby will be playing this summer.