Spirit Trail is the sixth album by American pianist and singer Bruce Hornsby, released as a double CD in 1998. The cover artwork depicts Hornsby's uncle, Charles Hornsby.
The album blended instrumental tracks with the story-telling, rock, jazz, and other musical forms Hornsby had delved into over his career. Over the two discs, Hornsby wove a tapestry of varied textures, from the fervent spirituality and almost gospel dirge of "Preacher in the Ring, parts I & II," to the catchy chord progressions of "Sad Moon."
Among other homages, the song "Sunflower Cat (Some Dour Cat) (Down With That)" sampled and looped the main lick from the Grateful Dead song "China Cat Sunflower."Spirit Trail considered "very Southern" themes with "songs about race, religion, judgment and tolerance" and "struggles with these issues"—notably on "Sneaking Up on Boo Radley," which references the character from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
In some territories, including the UK, this album was released as a single disc, omitting the tracks "Sunlight Moon", "Listen To The Silence" and "Funhouse". The track order was also changed, with the first three tracks of the second disc ("Line In The Dust" through "Shadow Hand") opening the album, the entirety of the first disc following, and the final four tracks of the second disc ("Sunflower Cat" through "Variations...") at the end.