LIVE: Bruce Hornsby at Balboa Theatre

From Grateful Dead to classical, the Grammy-winning pianist gave a memorable solo concert on April 16.

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Grammy-winning Bruce Hornsby at his Balboa Theatre solo concert before re-joining the Grateful Dead farewell shows.
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Hornsby's contemplative platinum hit, "The Way It Is," has been sampled in rap music at least six times including, Tupac's "Changes."
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Hornsby’s one-man tour is in support of his 2014 double-album, “The Solo Concerts.”
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The Grammy-winning musician is a staple in the jam-band and Americana music scenes.
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Hornsby has produced bluegrass albums with Ricky Scaggs, and been a periodic pianist with the Grateful Dead.
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In 1988, he started performing with the Grateful Dead.
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"To get to play that music one more time, with most of the people who created it, that’s special for me," Hornsby told the U-T San Diego. "I have my own career that keeps me totally busy as a musician, and my life as a dad, frankly."
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He is an unusually tall musician, standing at six-foot-four. His twin sons are both college athletes: Keith Hornsby is six-foot-four, and plays basketball for Louisiana State University. Russell Hornsby is six-foot-two, and runs for the University of Oregon’s track team.
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Hornsby, now 60, has been introducing modern classical music into his concerts. "I was always interested in doing it, but it didn't find its way into my songwriting until the last six or seven years," he told U-T San Diego.
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He can skillfully play a variety of instruments including, piano, dulcimer and the accordion.
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In 2011, Hornsby added musical composer to his resume with "Stranger," an original musical about a stranger who upsets lives in a Virginia town.
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