There is no Thread category that can encompass Mr. Hornsby. Consider: 3 Grammys including New Artist, Pop AND Bluegrass. Recent excellent album with 2 contemporary jazz greats (Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette). Toured with the Grateful Dead for 2+ years ('07-'09) AND has a on-going marvelous relationship with one of the better, more inventive Bluegrass artists, Ricky Skaggs--"A piano? In Bluegrass? Really?" Oh so yes, when it's Mr. Hornsby. Obviously plays well with others--his live shows are legendary (not least 'cuz there's no setlist--he and the lads play whatever) and has been well-captured in a 2-CD set Bride of the NoisemakersThe cover is a certified hoot, BUT he has a new 2-CD set of solo piano that will bring you to your knees in joy. I wanna personally thank him for motivating Leon Russell's comeback album: http://www.showbiz411.com/2014/11/25...comeback-album (The Union is a terrif album but is more a duet thing with Elton John so doesn't quite count. But get it--best thing either has done in years). Mr. Hornsby is touring in the Spring '15--SW, California, then the Midwest. http://www.brucehornsby.com/ This wiki is a good read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Hornsby
Pop now, Bluegrass later:
With the Range:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBSeEcFiTWA << Political? Well, I see solidarity with working men, which by definition is political
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRQjzltaMQ << His only big hit and it got him in part where he is today. Stands the test of time and he never turned his back on it.
With the Noisemakers:
Same song redux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyPLzXcPmUQ << flexible, expansive song and still so true. Transfixing--if you can tune away, you're a stronger person than I.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6kn0aLtD1A << with another rule-breaker/earth-shaker, Bela Fleck. Get on down, my Brothers. No joke--you may not spend a better 10 minutes this week. BUT the way it cuts off is a shame and a sin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSEjDoE-QEI << such a beautiful song--# 339 on Rolling Stone mag's list of 500 greatest songs. Who am I to disagree?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7sqQwPKQeE << As he clearly states, co-credit with Don Henley for writing
BONUS: A complete live album from 15+ years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iyEq...T4WmKAdI4cx9pN