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Bruce Hornsby          

Singer & Keyboardist

Almost three decades after winning a Grammy for Best New Artist and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse careers, Bruce Hornsby still makes joyful noise as he discovers clever and expansive ways to chronicle dynamic musical snapshots of his often generously collaborative journey.

Nothing better illustrates this than Hornsby’s communion with his longtime band, the Noisemakers. And nothing catches that connection with more daring fluency than a couple of live collections released 11 years apart; 2011’s "Bride of the Noisemakers," a set of concert recordings from 2007 to 2009, and 2000's "Here Come the Noisemakers," which initially unveiled Hornsby and his band’s free-wheeling live approaches to the Virginia-born pianist and composer’s memorable songs.

Tapping into many of the genres that have influenced Hornsby’s music over the years—pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical—these collections feature songs from previous releases such as "Big Swing Face" (2002), "Halcyon Days" (2004), and "Levitate" (2009) -- as well as from "Camp Meeting" (2007), which featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette, plus Hornsby’s acclaimed early releases such as "Scenes From The Southside" (1988), "Hothouse" (1995), and "Spirit Trail" (1998).

The Noisemakers are bassist J.V. Collier, a 20-year veteran of the band, as well as keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas and drummer Sonny Emory, who have played with Hornsby 24 and 12 years respectively. Summer 2014 marks the arrival of two new Noisemakers -- fiddle/mandolin player Ross Holmes and guitarist Gibb Droll -- as well as the departures of longtime members Bobby Read and Doug Derryberry. Holmes currently fiddles for Mumford and Sons, has played with hosts of Nashville titans as diverse as Ricky Skaggs and the Dixie Chicks, and has performed with symphonies in the United States and Europe. Droll has played guitar on various projects involving Keller Williams, Kevin Kinney, and Brandi Carlisle; he is also a composer, and painter.

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