Bruce Hornsby stopped by, and admitted feeling as though he may have "sold out" because he sold his song, "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," to Lowe's. However, Howard replied that he figured artists have to resort to selling their songs in order to get their music out there these days, and Bruce acknowledged the statement was true. Bruce went on to say he used to prank call Jerry Garcia, his friend and former touring partner, but that he didn't tape any of the calls. Bruce also reported he received a scholarship to play basketball at a college, but, because he wanted to focus on the piano, he turned down the offer.
After Bruce discussed the first record contract he signed with Huey Lewis' record label, he said he has been married for 23 years, and that he is a Christian Scientist. Bruce then played a piano-only version of "That's the Way It Is," which led to a round of applause. When Howard asked if he improvised on the piano during his performance, he acknowledged he was "winging" the piano portion of the song. Bruce then recalled he wrote the song in 1985, and that it was inspired by his growing up in "a small, Southern town" whose citizens weren't always tolerant toward different types of people.
Bruce added Sean Hannity used to play the song as an intro to his radio show, and that he never challenged it because he didn't want to become Sean's "whipping boy," even though he didn't agree with him politically. Howard next played "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," and acknowledged it made him want to "buy something from Lowe's."