Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 19, 2014

Hornsby and band set to perform June 28 at Paramount

ASHLAND — Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will bring their unique sound to town June 28, with a performance at the Paramount Arts Center.

The Virginia-born musician had an early hit with “The Way It Is,” the title track of Bruce Hornsby and the Ranges’ 1986 debut album. The song became the most-played song on American radio in 1987 and won ASCAP’s Song of the Year award. Other hits from that album include “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss.”

In addition to years of playing bars and sending demos to record companies before hitting it big, the University of Miami and Berklee School of Music went on to release five solo albums, including “Scenes from the Southside,” “A Night on the Town” and “Harbor Lights,” “Hot House” and Spirit Trail.”

Even more success came from the 13-time Grammy nominee’s collaboration work.

He and his writing partner, his brother John, wrote for 20th Century Fox for several years, where they met Huey Lewis, who eventually produced and recorded his material. Lewis had a hit with Hornsby’s “Jacob’s Ladder,” as Don Henley did with “The End of the Innocence” by Hornsby.

Work as a producer and sideman continued for Hornsby through the early 1990s, working temporarily with the Grateful Dead after their keyboardist, Brent Mydland, died in July 1990, and producing a comeback album for Leon Russell, an idol of Hornsby’s.

The album “Here Come the Noise Makers” was released in 2000. Since then, Hornsby has released a handful of albums, including “Big Swing Face” in 2002, “Halcyon Days” in 2004, the jazz-oriented “Camp Meeting” in 2007 and “Levitate” in 2009.

A live set with Ricky Skaggs, “Cluck Ol’ Hen,” appeared at the end of the summer in 2013.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the Paramount Arts Center. For ticket information, call (606) 324-3175 or visit paramountartscenter.com.

 

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