Bruce has managed a recording studio and publishing company, supervised a university archive’s recorded sound collection, produced and played on albums both obscure and Grammy-nominated and logged tens of thousands of miles on tour buses, both shiny-new and ready for the scrap heap! Now the Muse has led Bruce back to the music that first raised his blood pressure a half-century ago–songs and tunes, old and new, with deep roots in the human condition… simple music about not-so-simple people.
Education / Experience
Bruce is co-author of The Story Behind the Song: 150 Songs that Chronicle the 20th Century (Greenwood Press; 2004) and editor (with Robert Gordon) of Lost Delta Found; Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942 (Vanderbilt University Press; 2005). The latter book has been nominated for several awards and reviewed in major publications including the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
Awards / Shows / Fairs / Collections
Bruce produced — and wrote extensive album notes for — John Work III: Recording Black Culture, a compact disc of field recordings of African American musicians from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama from 1938 to 1942. The CD was given the 2007 Grammy Award for “Best Album Notes.”