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Bruce Hornsby

  • American musician
  • Born November 23, 1954

Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions. Hornsby's recordings have been recognized on a number of occasions with industry awards, including the 1987 Grammy Award for Best New Artist with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.


When I wrote the song, The Way It Is, I wanted to move people to take a stand on civil rights in this country.




People were talking while I was playing, so I got up and left the stage. I've gotten to the point where I'm not really very patient with patrons rapping during the show. And the people were all nice and quiet when I cam back.




No, I do it all, but I do love to play solo.




I felt it was time for there to be a document of what we sound like now.




While housing discrimination and segregation in 2005 still affect millions of people, that's not the way it has to be. Some things can change and should.




I guess after you've been doing something for 20 plus years, you have to work to stay interested.




When I have the time at home, I'll practice three or four hours a day. I have to. And I'm a late starter; I started at age 17 and at age 51 I'm still learning.




I'm a kid for a living: I get to play the piano for a living.




That person who's going to a concert for a nostalgic reason, we're not really going to placate. We still play three or four hits every night. Now, we don't play them like the record. We try to find new ways to do it.




I feel like what I owe my audience is what I'm most passionate about.




Our approach makes it so if you hear a said song of ours in 2003 and then you hear it again in 2009 it's probably evolved and changed a good bit, and hopefully for the better.



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