For almost 30 years, Bruce Hornsby has been actively performing his unique blend of jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass - and just about any other genre you can think of. In 1987, he won a Grammy for Best New Artist thanks to the breakout success of The Way It Is, his multi-platinum debut album released the previous summer. He joined the Grateful Dead as a part-time permanent member in 1990 following the death of keyboardist Brent Mydland, quickly winning over the hearts of that iconic band’s rabid fan base thanks to his deeply imaginative and intelligent playing, as well as an emotive singing-voice. No shortage of improvisational abilities - or unwillingness to pander to less demanding audiences - “20 Fingers Bruce” will leave you wanting more at this year’s Folkfest when his set comes to an end.
Bruce performing at the Tribute for Jerry Garcia On September 24, 2005: