Exhibit Records is proud to present:
"Hornsby's Smashing Debut...An iconic musical Americana...A Perfect Album!"
- Rolling Stone magazine
Bruce Hornsby and the Range made a spectacular musical debut. "The Way It Is" is a poignant, soulful, and
powerful album with a flawless tracklist, beautiful melodies, feel-good rock numbers, phenomenal ballads,
and socially conscious tunes such as the title track. There isn't a minute of "The Way It Is" that
suggests it's a debut album. The album was an instant classic, one of the most complete and cherished
recordings of the 1980s that went on to win the 1986 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the music is so accomplished, Hornsby was already a consummate
musician and songwriter when he made it. The record presented a unique, fresh sound, distinguished by
Hornsby's remarkable, whimsical piano playing. "The Way It Is" was unlike anything else on the radio at
the time, a combination of pop, rock, folk, jazz, classical, bluegrass and country music. The band
incorporates a wide range of instruments in the songs to support this mix - mandolin, guitar, violin,
piano, and even harmonica. The songwriting is fantastic, Hornsby paints vivid portraits of life in the
mountain ranges, winding rivers, jagged coasts, towering forests, and stretching farmlands of his beloved
Virginia. He maintains a hopeful outlook for love and happiness even during tough times both emotionally
Fellow musician Huey Lewis is featured on the album, lending his harmonica and vocal talents to the track,
"Down the Road Tonight." Lewis also helped produce the song, along with the tracks, "The Long Race" and
"The River Runs Low."