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Bruce Hornsby has released his latest studio album, “Non-Secure Connection”, out today via Zappo Production/Thirty Tigers. The 10-track album from the acclaimed pianist and singer acts as Hornsby’s second full-length studio effort in as many years following 2019’s Absolute Zero.

“Non-Secure Connection” features guest appearances from artists including James Mercer (The Shins), Justin Vernon and Wayne Pooley (Bon Iver), Jamila Woods, Vernon Reid, and even a posthumous cameo from the late Leon Russell on the song “Anything Can Happen“, which was shared earlier this week.

Bruce Hornsby shared the new song which will appear on the veteran musician and songwriter’s forthcoming studio album, Non-Secure Connection, due out this Friday (August 14th). Entitled, “Anything Can Happen”, the optimistic, sitar-filled song is that of a duet with the late Leon Russell, who died in November 2016.

“Anything Can Happen” follows “My Resolve” and “Bright Star Cast” as the third single from the forthcoming studio album. Amazingly, Russell recorded his vocal contributions for the song almost 30 years ago, with Hornsby finally getting around to completing the recording featuring his old friend.

As Hornsby explains,

I was able to get Leon Russell a record deal with Virgin in 1990, and we made a record called ‘Anything Can Happen.’ I always felt that the title song wasn’t produced as well as it could have been (I’ll take the blame), and always wanted to re-cut it. Leon asked me to ‘write me a Barry White track,’ which is how the song started. His vocal from the original demo ghosts mine for a lot of the song, and then he emerges at the end to join me in harmony. My time with Leon was extremely memorable and deserves its own article; too much amazing and funny, classic stuff.

Other previously-released singles included on Non-Secure Connection include “Bright Star Cast” and “My Resolve”.

“The new album’s chromaticism and dissonance quotient is exactly twice as high (three songs featuring that language compared to one and a half on the last record),” Hornsby mentioned with Non-Secure Connection‘s announcement back in June. “I feel like my music has never been a part of any trend that defined any era of music during my 34 years of doing this. I may be wrong, but that’s how it feels to me.”

Hornsby recently shared a trio of 2019 performances for fans to download or stream for free as the live events industry remains on indefinite hiatus. Hornsby has since been forced to postpone the final remaining dates of his 2020 spring tour.

Bon Iver Announce ‘i,i’<span>New Album Out August 30th </span>

Bon Iver have announced a new studio album, i,i, set for release on August. 30th via Jagjaguwar Records, along with sharing two more tracks from the effort, “Jelmore” and the song “Faith.”

As was hinted at with the band’s “Sincerity is Forever in Season” teaser trailer, released earlier this month, this is the fourth studio record from Justin Vernon’s project follows in the seasonal pattern of the previous three: 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago (winter); 2011’s Bon Iver (spring); 2016’s 22, A Million (summer); and now i,i representing the fall.

“It feels very much like the most adult record, the most complete,” Vernon says in a press announcement for the album. “It feels like when you get through all this life, when the sun starts to set, and what happens is you start gaining perspective. And then you can put that perspective into more honest, generous work.”

Vernon recorded i,i at Wisconsin’s April Base and Texas’ Sonic Ranch studios and, according to the press release, at times used all five studio rooms of the latter location simultaneously. For the sessions, Vernon was joined by a band comprising Sean Carey, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mike Lewis, Matt McCaughan, Rob Moose and Jenn Wasner, along with contributions from James Blake, Brad and Phil Cook, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bruce Hornsby and several others.

“The title of the record can mean whatever it means to you or me,” Vernon says. “It can mean deciphering and bolstering one’s identity. It can be how important the self is and how unimportant the self is, how we’re all connected.”

Bon Iver will head out on a North American tour in the late summer and fall this year, kicking off August. 31st in Missoula, MT.  the two new i,i singles (which follow up the previously released “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”) .