Bruce Hornsby Returns With New Album ‘Flicted’ Shares Lead Single “Sidelines” Feat Ezra Koenig

‘Flicted, the new studio album from award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, is set for release on May 27 via his own Zappo Productions/Thirty Tigers. Recorded last summer, the new record is the follow up to Hornsby’s acclaimed albums, Absolute Zero and Non-Secure Connection. Fans can pre-order ‘Flicted HERE.

In celebration of the forthcoming record, the album’s lead single “Sidelines,” featuring a duet with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Blake Mills on guitar throughout, debuts today alongside an accompanying video. Co-written by Mills and co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Hornsby says, “‘Sidelines’ is a song about hysteria in various forms, starting with the Salem witch trials of the 1600’s then to the present-day pandemic-era panic. It features angular melodic content vocally and a pointillistic middle instrumental section.” Check it out below..

Of the video, director Kitty Ninon Anais Faingold recalls, “I wanted the video to read like visual poetry by using allegorical imagery and a stream of consciousness method of working. I also wanted to give it a hand-crafted feel to emphasize the sensitivity of the song and vulnerability of the lyrics, so I worked with watercolors on thin computer paper which I then took photos of. This gave the animation a lot of texture and a level of DIY analogue imperfection which I think works well with the idea of vulnerability and human emotion.”

‘Flicted completes a trilogy of song collections (Absolute Zero and Non-Secure Connection) based on film “cues” Hornsby composed for writer and director Spike Lee. This unique approach enables him to build upon and explore new stylistic techniques while collaborating with a wide variety of talented artists. On ‘Flicted, Hornsby’s goal was to make a more upbeat record overall, speaking on COVID-19 using the world of science as a recurring influence.

“The album title ‘Flicted relates to this strange time in which we live, when the world is basically, well, ‘flicted,” adds Hornsby.


1. Sidelines (with Ezra Koenig and featuring Blake Mills)

2. Tag

3. The Hound

4. Too Much Monkey Business

5. Maybe Now

6. Bucket List

7. Days Ahead (featuring Danielle Haim)

8. Lidar

9. Is This It

10. Had Enough

11. Simple Prayer II (featuring Z. Berg, Ethan Gruska and Rob Moose)

12. Point Omega


March 26—Savannah, GA—Savannah Music Festival (Lucas Theatre)

March 27—Augusta, GA—Miller Theater*

March 29—Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theatre*

March 30—Chattanooga, TN—Walker Theatre*

April 1—Birmingham, AL—The Lyric Theatre*

April 2—New Orleans, LA—Hogs For The Cause

June 17— Gethsemane, KY—The Amp at Dant Crossing

June 20—Interlochen, MI—Kresge Auditorium†

June 21—Chicago, IL—Athenaeum Theatre†

June 23—Indianapolis, IN—Rock the Ruins at The Vogue Outdoors‡

June 24—Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre†

June 26—Hammondsport, NY—The Pavilion at Point of the Bluff Vineyards†

June 28—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl†

June 30—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap Filene Center§

August 5—Ojai, CA—Libbey Bowl

August 6—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour

August 9—Flagstaff, AZ—Pepsi Amphitheater

August 11—Beaver Creek, CO—Vilar Performing Arts Center†

August 12 – 14—Lyons, CO—Rocky Mountain Folk Festival

August 17—Livingston, MT—Pine Creek Lodge†

August 21—San Francisco, CA—Palace of Fine Arts†

August 23—Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre†

August 25—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall†

October 14—Omaha, NE—Holland Performing Arts Center (An Evening with Bruce Hornsby and the Omaha Symphony)

*w/ Gibb Droll
†w/ CARM
‡w/ Bonny Light Horseman
§w/ Shawn Colvin & CARM

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