Singer and keyboardist Bruce Hornsby is known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances. He became a household name after receiving a Best New Artist Grammy in 1987 with Bruce Hornsby and the Range. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is,” the title track of his 1986 debut album, became the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP's Song of the Year award. That song, along with subsequent hits “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss,” established Hornsby in the music industry. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that spark his creative interest and musical progress.
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Join us in the GPAC Grove from 5:45-7:15pm for a special pre-show event featuring live music by the The Rusty Pieces, food trucks and bar. Also in the GPAC lobby we will have an artist reception for our featured visual artist, Bill Bailey, from 5-7:00pm. These two events are free and open to the public.
The Rusty Pieces are a his and hers strum, stomp, shake and bang duet from Memphis Tennessee. Just over a year ago two long time singer songwriters merged paths and out sprang a fresh crop of wittily crafted, soulful, catchy ear candy. Stompbox, washboard, shakers, and foot percussion join in with lively guitar and rich vocal harmonies to create a surprisingly huge sound for a musical twosome. Their goal is to create music that defies genre and gets stuck in your head after the first listen. Their music has been called bluesy pop, soulful pop, indie pop, front porch pop and the list goes on. Most people just called it really good. A simple saying encapsulates the purpose that fuels The Rusty Pieces musical engine: "Hear is tonight. Hum us tomorrow." Simply put, they deliver.