Dulcimer Led Music On Vinyl LP!
This Bruce Hornsby studio project includes guest spots from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Mavis Staples.
Rehab Reunion features Bruce Hornsby performing on the dulcimer backed by the Noisemakers. The album expands upon the Noisemakers dulcimer led mini-sets which have become fan-favorites during recent tours.
The iconoclast pushes the envelope once again, putting his piano aside and writing and recording solely on the dulcimer throughout. "Some may ask, Why?, What in the world?" Hornsby says of Rehab Reunion. "What Im doing here is not about virtuosity: Its about a song and a singer." Produced by Hornsby and recorded in his Tossington Sound studio in Williamsburg, VA, Rehab Reunion reflects a refreshing approach to his songwriting further solidifying his reputation for uncompromising artistry. The piano-free ten song recording features the Noisemakers J.T. Thomas (organ), J.V. Collier (bass), Sonny Emory (washboard, cajon, drums), Gibb Droll (electric and acoustic guitar) and Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin) and guest stars Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) singing falsetto harmony on the emotional and epic first single "Over the Rise" and the legendary Mavis Staples delivering a rousing gospel performance with Hornsby on "Celestial Railroad."
"In my piano writing," Hornsby says, "Ive gotten really bored with triads. Ive been that way for years. My piano writing has become more strange, chromatic and dissonant. But on the dulcimer I love the limited palette that youre allowed to paint with. Its just the white notes its not even like a guitar, where the whole chromatic scale is on the fret board. On the dulcimer its just an old-timey instrument. Its just scalar. So it limits your range and it makes you write real simple songs. I kept writing more and more. And all of a sudden the record needed to be made."
1. Over the Rise (feat. Justin Vernon)
2. Soon Enough
3. M.I.A. in M.I.A.M.I.
5. Tropical Cashmere Sweater
6. Rehab Reunion
7. Hey Kafka
8. T.S.A. Man
9. Valley Road
10. Celestial Road (feat. Mavis Staples)