Bruce Hornsby is a singer/songwriter and pianist whose breezy, nonchalant style made his numerous hits of the 1980s, such as “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” and “The Valley Road,” instantly recognizable. His music has been influenced by many styles over the years including pop, jazz, bluegrass, country, and modern classical.
Hornsby has released a number of albums including “The Way It Is,” “Harbor Lights,” and “Spirit Trail.” In 1986, he was awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist; in 1989, Best Bluegrass Recording; and in 1993, a shared award with Branford Marsalis for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Hornsby has collaborated with multiple artists throughout his career and played on over a hundred records, including albums by Bob Dylan; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Stevie Nicks. From 1990 to 1995, Hornsby collaborated with the Grateful Dead and played at more than 100 shows with them.
Hornsby currently tours with the Noisemakers, including bassist J.V. Collier, a 20-year veteran of the band, and keyboardist and organist John “JT” Thomas, who has played with Hornsby for 24 years. The group is rounded out by fiddle and mandolin player Ross Holmes and guitarist Gibb Droll, who both joined the band in 2014, and drummer Moyes Lucas.
Since 2000, the Noisemakers have released multiple live collections, including 2011’s “Bride of the Noisemakers,” a set of concert recordings from 2007-2009, and 2000’s “Here Comes the Noisemakers,” which initially unveiled Hornsby and his band’s free-wheeling live approaches to the Virginia-born pianist and composer’s memorable songs.
Sony’s Legacy Recordings honored Hornsby with the May release of “The Essential Bruce Hornsby,” a two-CD collection, featuring 29 classic tracks, including previously unreleased live versions of “Mandolin Rain” and “The End of Innocence.”
CARM is the debut self-titled album of multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger CJ Camerieri. Whether it’s playing the iconic piccolo trumpet solo on Paul Simon’s “The Boxer” anthemic horn parts on songs like The National’s “Fake Empire,” Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago,” or Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago;” performing with his contemporary classical ensemble yMusic; or recording lush beds of french horns for artists from John Legend to The Tallest Man on Earth, you have very likely heard Camerieri play. He is the musician that musicians want to play with, and that is further evidenced by the cast on his debut.
The music of CARM features the trumpet and french horn in roles typically reserved for drums, guitars, and voices, while also seeking to escape the genre categorizations normally reserved for music featuring an instrumentalist as bandleader. It is not jazz or classical music, nor is it a soundtrack to a larger narrative. This is contemporary popular music that features a sound normally used as a background color and texture as the unabashed lead voice.
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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers have announced a show at the legendary Taft Theatre, marking their return to Cincinnati on Friday, June 24. CARM will join the show as support.
Bruce Hornsby is on a roll. After taking the music world by surprise with his wide-ranging, critically acclaimed 2019 album Absolute Zero, the singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader returns with a follow-up that picks up where its predecessor left off. Non-Secure Connection features 10 new songs exploring a broad range of themes, from civil rights to computer hackers, mall salesmen to the Darwinian aspects of AAU basketball.
Hornsby plays piano, of course, but the songs on Non-Secure Connection also feature Hornsby's electric sitar and Chamberlin, along with guitars, horns, strings and subtle samples from sources as varied as minimalist composer John Cage and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand. Like Absolute Zero, Non-Secure Connection also features a wealth of collaborators: singer James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells, singer and poet Jamila Woods, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Bon Iver leader Justin Vernon and the late Leon Russell, who appears thanks to a demo that he and Hornsby recorded together more than 25 years ago.
"I must be the only person around that has a record with James Mercer, Jamila Woods, Leon Russell and Vernon Reid," Hornsby says with a laugh. "It's a great, disparate crowd."
It's the kind of unexpected roster that listeners have come to expect from Hornsby, who has built a distinctly unique career since his debut with The Range on their multi-platinum 1986 album The Way It Is. From there, Hornsby has steered his way through a stint on keyboards for the Grateful Dead, writing music for Spike Lee's films, and albums exploring jazz, bluegrass and contemporary classical music.
"I'm often looking to make a sound that I haven't heard before, and find a place in what I guess is the context of popular song for some new information," he says.