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14Apr/1129

Bruce Hornsby – Bride of the Noisemakers

I had the extreme pleasure of speaking to Bruce Hornsby on Monday to talk about his new live album Bride of the Noisemakers (which debuts as an Amazon exclusive on May 2nd and will be available on June 7th in regular stores).  This was my second interview with Bruce - we first got the chance to talk in late 2009 when he was touring in support of Levitate and it occurs to me, I have a bunch of unused material from that interview (and it's some really great stuff, which I will try to post here next week!

You can read my latest chat with Hornsby online now (where we cover a lot of different subjects) at Popdose via this link.  Details and the track listing for the Bride album were released yesterday and you can get all of that scoop in the official press release below.

I've been listening to the album for about three weeks now and as many live shows (both official and bootleg) as I have for Bruce, this artist curated collection, clocking in at nearly three hours, really does rise above all of the other shows. Specifically, with the amount of live material that Bruce has made available from the 2009 tour, I was interested to find out how much use I would have for a live album made up of songs primarily from that same tour. But the versions on Bride really are the best of the best (including two of my favorites from the 2007 holiday download that Hornsby gave away for free, "Country Doctor" and "Resting Place") and Bride sits really nicely as an official followup to Hornsby's original live album Here Come The Noisemakers. It's a worthy sequel that you won't want to miss.

As I expressed in my intro for the interview, Hornsby is in my opinion, doing some of his very best work to date with the albums that he's releasing currently (Halcyon Days and Levitate) and if you've fallen behind, Bride of the Noisemakers is a great place to catch up.

Here are the press release details including the album cover which is an attention grabber, eh?

Legendary Grammy winning singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby has signed with 429 Records and is readying the release of “BRIDE OF THE NOISEMAKERS”—A 2CD collection of 25 handpicked songs chosen from throughout his multifaceted 20 year career. “BRIDE OF THE NOISEMAKERS” was recorded live on tour in various venues between 2007 and 2009. The live settings effectively capture the spirit of spontaneous creativity that Bruce and the band are renowned for. For Hornsby the magic of a live performance is paramount in his search for the perfect musical moment---particularly in conjunction with The Noisemakers where he seamlessly combines elements of rock, jazz, r&b and modern classical to create a distinctive style.

The epitome of a musical family, The Noisemakers consists of bassist J.V. Collier (who has played with Hornsby 17 years), keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas (21 years), reed player Bobby Read (18 years), guitarist/mandolin player Doug Derryberry (13 years) and drummer Sonny Emory (nine years). BRUCE HORNSBY AND THE NOISEMAKERS: BRIDE OF THE NOISEMAKERS will be available at Amazon.com on May 2nd as a $3.99 “Daily Deal”. Digital versions of the album at Amazon.com include exclusive bonus tracks. In addition, Amazon will offer a free download of the exclusive track “Mandolin Rain.” Amazon will continue to sell digital and physical CD copies exclusively for the next four weeks. BRIDE OF THE NOISEMAKERS will be available everywhere on June 7. Hornsby will be on tour in the U.S. throughout the spring and summer including a performance at Bonnaroo on June 12.

“In the spirit of musical evolution, I’m always trying to keep my band on their toes,” Hornsby says. “I can be a slow learner, and sometimes it takes me a while to arrive at the most soulful way to play and sing one of my songs, or anyone’s song for that matter. Our approach to playing allows songs to grow, evolve and change through the years, and this second live album documents where that improvisatory mindset has led us up to this point.”

Track Listing:

CD1                                                                        CD2

1) Cyclone                                                            1) The Windup/Big Rock Candy Mountain / Candy Mountain Run

2) Country Doctor                                               2) Line in the Dust

3) Funhouse                                                          3) Shadow Hand

4) This Too Shall Pass                                        4) Tango King

5) Circus on the Moon                                        5) Resting Place

6) Defenders of the Flag                                     6) Michael Raphael

7) Intro-Bobby Read/Variation II (excerpt)  7) Intro Sonata, Movement IV (excerpt)

8 ) Talk of the Town/ Charlie, Woody n’ You 8 ) Gonna Be Some Changes Made

9) What the Hell Happened                              9) Dreamland

10) Fortunate Son/Comfortably Numb          10) The Good Life

11) Levitate                                                          11) Cartoons & Candy

12) Little Sadie/White Wheeled Limousine    12) Swan Song

Just One More                                                13) Standing on the Moon/Halcyon Days

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