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BRUCE HORNSBY
BIOGRAPHY

GRATEFUL DEAD BIOGRAPHES: Bruce Hornsby

Birth Named: Bruce Hornsby
DOB: November 23 1954
Born Williamstown VA

He was raised a Christian Scientist. Studied music at University Of Miami. He played in his brother’s bands called, Bobby Hi Test and the Octane Kids. When he returned to Va. He performed in local clubs and bars. In 1980 he and his younger brother went to L.A. They found employment working for Twentieth Century Fox. While in L.A. he became a session musician, where he established a reputation for hi octane keyboards.

In 1984 he formed The Range. Their first album ‘The Way It Is’ went multi-platinum in 1986 and earned a Grammy Award for best new artist. In 1988 Bruce first appeared on stage with the Grateful Dead. He sat in with the band on and off until Jerry’s death. He joined the band for over 100 shows. In 1990 after Brent’s death he raised everyone’s spirit with his jubilant enthusiasm. He allowed Vince Welnick to ease into band at his own pace.

Bruce’s Jazz and Bluegrass influenced jams, his rousing accordion solos won Deadheads over at each show. He continues to be involved on projects like Bob Weir’s Ratdog and Mikey Hart’s solo projects.

 

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