Bruce Hornsby Goes Dulcimer On ‘Rehab Reunion’ Out June 17th – Shares First Track “Over the Rise” W/Justin Vernon

Bruce Hornsby will be delivering a new album with his long-running band, The Noisemakers titled Rehab Reunion due to be released June 17th on 429 Records.  This time Hornsby will be 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 I’m doing here is not about virtuosity: It’s 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 first single “Over the Rise”(stream it on Pitchfork)  and the legendary Mavis Staples delivering a rousing gospel performance with Hornsby on “Celestial Railroad.”


“In my piano writing,” Hornsby says, “I’ve gotten really bored with triads.  I’ve 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 you’re allowed to paint with.  It’s just the white notes – it’s not even like a guitar, where the whole chromatic scale is on the fret board.  On the dulcimer it’s just an old-timey instrument.  It’s 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. “


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers will embark on an extensive summer tour in support of Rehab Reunion which features a stop at Funhouse Festival, a multi-day festival in Williamsburg VA curated by Hornsby and featuring performances of Rehab Reunionand The Way It Is in their entirety.  The Funhouse Fest will also feature performances from Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Colvin & Earle, Greensky Bluegrass, Taj Mahal, Railroad Earth & more.  Single day tickets to Funhouse Festival are now available for purchase.  For full line-up and ticketing information, visit  Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers’s full summer tour schedule can be found at


Confirmed Rehab Reunion Track List:


1)      Over the Rise (featuring Justin Vernon)

2)      Soon Enough

3)      M.I.A. in M.I.A.M.I.

4)      Tipping

5)      Rehab Reunion

6)      Hey Kafka

7)      Tropical Cashmere Sweater

8)      TSA Man

9)      The Valley Road

10)   Celestial Road (featuring Mavis Staples)

Upcoming Tour Dates


April 16th – Wanee Music Festival – Live Oak, FL #
April 17th – Southern Ground Music Festival – Charleston, SC #
April 22nd – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT *
April 23rd – Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, CT *
April 30th – Chenery Auditorium – Kalamazoo, MI #
May 14th – Cherokee Creek Music Festival – Cherokee, TX #
May 15th – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX #
May 17th – Orpheum Theater – Wichita, KS #
May 18th – Knucklehead’s – Kansas City, MO #
May 20th – Brenton Skating Plaza – Des Moines, IA #
May 21st – River City Casino – St. Louis, MO #
May 22nd – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO #
May 24th – The Palladium – Carmel, IN #
May 26th – Hard Rock Live – Cleveland, OH #
May 27th – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH #
May 28th – DelFest – Cumberland, MD #
June 21st – Pisgah Brewing Co. – Black Mountain, NC **
June 23rd – Funhouse Fest (Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall) – Williamsburg, VA *
June 24th – 26th – Funhouse Fest – Williamsburg, VA #
June 29th – Eastman Theatre Kodak Hall – Rochester, NY #
June 30th – Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor, MI #
July 2nd – TBA – Minneapolis, MN #
July 3rd – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI #
July 4th – City Winery (performing Rehab Reunion in entirety & more) – Chicago, IL #
July 16th – TBA – Sioux Falls, SD #
July 31st – Floyd Fest  – Floyd, VA #
August 2nd – TBA – Jackson Hole, WY #
August 4th – TBA – Sandpoint, ID #
August 5th – The Wilma – Missoula, MT #
Aug. 7th – Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series – Steamboat Springs, CO #
Aug. 8th – Denver Botanic Gardens (performing Rehab Reunion in entirety & more) – Denver, CO #
August 10th – Sumtur Amphitheater – Papillion NE #
August 12th – Eaux Claires at Foster Farms – Eau Claire, WI #
August 25th – Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA #
August 26th – South Shore Music Circus – Cohasset, MA #
August 28th – New York State Fair – Syracuse, NY #
August 30th – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA #
September 3rd – Shenandoah Valley Music Festival – Orkney Springs, VA #
September 4th – Rhythm & Roots Festival – Charlestown, RI #
September 10th – Jay Peak Resort Stateside Amphitheater – Jay, VT #
September 24th – Greek Theatre (supporting Bonnie Raitt) – Berkeley, CA #


* – An Evening with Bruce Hornsby (Solo)
# – Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
** – Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder



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