Apr 12, 2018
About This Episode
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
brought quite a show to the Big Blue Tent in 2017. The band's
perfect mix of top-notch songwriting and adventurous, virtuosic,
and just plain fun improvisation kept the whole tent spellbound
from note one.
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, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a
large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of
stylistic approaches. Throughout this period, Hornsby has
maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that
have been hallmarks of his work from the start.
Hornsby and his band The Range's
first album The Way It Is (1986) was steadily and slowly building
in popularity in the U.S. when in August the title track exploded
on BBC Radio One in England, then Europe, the rest of the world and
finally in the United States. The record went on to sell three
million records, the band played Saturday Night Live and opened for
Steve Winwood, John Fogerty, Huey Lewis, the Grateful Dead and the
Eurythmics before becoming headliners on their own tour supported
by Crowded House.
Soon Hornsby was being approached
regularly to collaborate with a broad range of musicians and
writers, a demand that continues to this day. Over the years
Hornsby has successfully ventured into bluegrass, jazz, classical,
and even electronica. His three Grammy wins (along with his ten
Grammy 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" that appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle
Be Unbroken Volume Two, 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. The sales stats
and breadth of his collaborations (including being sampled many
times by rap/hip-hop artists) speak volumes about Hornsby's unique
fusion of mainstream appeal and wild musical diversity. His albums
have sold over eleven million copies worldwide.
Indeed, Bruce Hornsby's restless
musical spirit continues to spontaneously push him forward into
exciting new musical pursuits. Three decades after Bruce Hornsby
established his global name as the creator of pop hits that defined
"the sound of grace on the radio," as a Rolling Stone reviewer once
wrote, such projects continue and are consistent with his lifelong
pursuit of musical transcendence. "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."
This episode of Tent Show Radio also
features songs from a past performance from The Mavericks, and also
from the Blue Canvas Orchestra's Big Top Does the Beatles show.
And if you like the magic flowing out of your radio on these
performances, swing on over to BigTop.org and buy some tickets,
because both The Mavericks and Big Top Does the Beatles are
returning to the tent in 2018.
About Michael Perry
Michael Perry is a New York Times
bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn,
Perry’s bestselling memoirs include
Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and
his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through
Philosophy. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was
published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow,
was published in May of 2015.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy
farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a
ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. He lives with his
wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the
local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig
farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,”
performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long
Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down
Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never
Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.
Learn more about Michael and where
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