Bruce Hornsby Sets Tour, New Album: Listen

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A new studio album from pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, titled Absolute Zero, will be released April 12. The forthcoming album by the three-time Grammy award winning follows the release of 2016’s Rehab Reunion. In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Voyager One,” is debuting today.

The genesis of Absolute Zero began within Hornsby’s work as a film composer for writer-director Spike Lee. Hornsby started collaborating with Lee in 1992; ultimately, in 2008, he began scoring for Lee. According to a press release, “What began to intrigue him were scoring components known as ‘cues,’ those comparatively brief passages of music used in films to heighten certain narrative visuals and/or spoken developments. Additionally, Hornsby’s interest in literary fiction, specifically the work of Don DeLillo and the late David Foster Wallace, inspired his songwriting. Hornsby’s songs, both in spirit and memory, function collectively as a homage to fiction writing that, while often poetic, takes no prisoners. The multi-faceted album is another example of Hornsby’s constant musical evolution and how he’s able to combine disparate elements into an accessible soundscape.”

Bruce Hornsby (Photo by Sarah Walor, used with permission)

Predominantly produced by Hornsby, the 10-track album includes added production from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird, Public Image Ltd.) and Brad Cook (Sharon Van Etten, Hiss Golden Messenger). Absolute Zero also includes musical contributions from yMusic, the Staves, Blake Mills, Jack DeJohnette, Sean Carey, the Orchestra of St. Hanks (Frost School/Univ. of Miami), Hornsby’s longtime band the Noisemakers and more. The track “Cast-Off” was co-written with Vernon, who also duets with Hornsby on the track, while “Take You There (Misty)” was co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

Hornsby is set for a run of U.S. tour dates with the Noisemakers, including intimate showcase performances at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust and Los Angeles’ Troubadour, and more. Tickets are available here and here.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers Tour Dates
April 25—Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
April 26—Ridgefield Playhouse—Ridgefield, CT
April 27—Ulster Performing Arts Center—Kingston, NY
April 29—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
April 30—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
May 3—Beachlife Festival—Redondo Beach, CA
May 6—Troubadour—Los Angeles, CA
June 18—Charleston Music Hall—Charleston, SC *
June 19—Knight Theater—Charlotte, NC *
June 21—Atlanta Symphony Hall—Atlanta, GA (w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
June 23—Lime Kiln Theatre—Lexington, VA *
June 25—Bijou Theatre—Knoxville, TN *
June 26—Salvage Station—Asheville, NC *
June 28—The Majestic Theatre—Gettysburg, PA *
June 29—Smith Opera House—Geneva, NY *
June 30—Tupelo Music Hall—Derry, NH *
* w/ Sam Amidon

Listen to “Voyager One,” the first single from Absolute Zero

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