If Kanye West idolizes Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon), and Justin Vernon idolizes Bruce Hornsby, then by extension can we expect to hear a heavy Range influence on 'Ye's next album? Please? Last night on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (via Consequence of Sound), Vernon dissected his sound, explaining, "I always had a voice that sounded a little bit more like Hootie or something. Not in a good way." And after a very effusive (bordering on fawning) Fallon said he thought track 10 on Bon Iver's very poetic June 21st disc Bon Iver, Bon Iver sounds a little "Bruce Hornsby-ish," Vernon admitted that was exactly the vibe he was chasing. "I got that exact Korg M1. I was sitting at home and I was just like, man, there isn't enough Hornsby in my scene." Then he played an incredible medley of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time" blended with the Donnie Hathaway version of Leon Russell's "A Song for You."
Let's pause for a moment to really think about what a jolt of Hornsby would mean to Vernon's scene, which could be either the bearded-sensitive-mountain-man scene or the puffing-weed-with-megastar-rappers-in-Hawaii scene, by enjoying a pair of Bruce's hits:
- Bruce Hornsby
- Bon Iver
- Justin Vernon