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Get Real

by Billy Jonas

Neo-tribal Hootenanny. Billy is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and performs his original songs, stories and improvisations with voice, guitar and 'industrial re-percussion' - instruments made from found & foraged objects.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lightly Tread
4:59 $0.99
2. Let's Get Real
4:53 $0.99
3. Zack's Walk
5:46 $0.99
4. Joy
3:47 $0.99
5. Into The Water
3:30 $0.99
6. Someone Like You
5:09 $0.99
7. Let You Love Me
3:54 $0.99
8. Sunday Someday
6:09 $0.99
9. Come In Come In
1:20 $0.99
10. This We Know
4:59 $0.99
11. Sanctuary
2:37 $0.99
12. Lightly Re-tread (plus bonus track - Dishes
7:29 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Get Real" is Billy's 2004 studio follow-up to "Life So Far". From matters of the heart, to geo-political intrigue, "Get Real" invites the listener to climb into a "percussion-rich" universe (~Dirty Linen Magazine) full of sonic exploration and emotional adventurousness. "Get Real" is filled with sounds that come from homemade and recycled object instruments ("industrial re-percussion": 5 gallon water bottle, pots & pans, bottles & cans, buckets, garbage bins and carpet tube marimbas), as well as a host of more traditional sounding instruments (guitar, bass, Middle Eastern & African percussions), and LOTS of voices!

Jonas' heartwarming work has been enjoyed across North America since 1987. Previously a member of the highly acclaimed duo, "The Billys," he has been featured at prestigious festivals and venues nationwide. Jonas has shared stages with some of the world's favorite acoustic artists, including Patti Larkin, Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox, Richard Thompson, and Pete Seeger.

A Billy Jonas performance is an explosion of energy, tempered with moments of lyrical introspection and mellifluous calm. In sing-alongs, bang-alongs, and whisper-alongs, everyone becomes part of a performance that reaches out and ". . . touches even the most hardened of hearts." (Fayetteville Morning News)

Billy Jonas' performances will inspire, inform, and enlighten. His work is born out of respect and reverence, and seeks to honor the creative energy in everyone. Billy provides performances and workshops for adult audiences and/or family audiences.



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Jen Flory Fuss

Music to raise children by
Excellent variety of songs, each matches a musical style to the intensely personal thought within the lyrics. This CD soothes and challenges me at the same time.


Hidden Track
Make sure you listen through the minute or so of silence after the beginning of the last track. It REALLY is worth the wait!

Meg Flannagan

Rhythmic faith and politics
Great CD. Different from his last. Wonderful exploration of faith and world view. Cool rhythms. Every kid would love to dance to "Zach's Walk".

David Sheppard

A wonderful and creative CD
I loved Zack's walk and Tred Lightly. Great accoustics and guitar work. His live performance is always worth seeing if you can get there.

Janine Bryant

Get Real is a soothing, rythmic (and fun) balm for the soul.
Great CD! Into the Water, Joy, Zach's Walk, Sanctuary...wait...they're all wonderful. Highly recommend it!

Keith Propst

Another engaging, fun release from Billy Jonas.
This CD contains studio versions of several songs that I've seen Billy perform live in multiple shows. It's great to hear polished, well produced versions that retain the humor and intelligence of the live performances. To appreciate Billy's work fully, listen to this CD several times, focusing in on a different dimension each time. Listen--and think about the lyrics. Appreciate the musicianship of Billy's guitar and percussion work. Catch the humor, sometimes very subtle. Tap your toes to the rhythms of his recycled instruments. Visualize the images that Billy paints with his lyrics and feel the emotions he conveys. Finally, sense the connections that Billy feels and shares--with the world around him, with the spiritual, with nature, and with all of us, his fellow travelers on the bus. And, if you've never seen Billy live, find a show and treat yourself to an awesome performance.


An artist of stunning originality and courage.
Billy continues his development as an artist of stunning originality and courage. He's not afraid to go deep, but always does so with inventiveness and a highly developed poetic sensibility. And there are also some cuts that are just plain fun! Not only is the beautiful, intelligent songwriting and richly textured guitar work wonderful, but the production style is multi-layered and very fresh -- fans of his previous adult CD LIFE SO FAR will not be disappointed! Billy Jonas is a true original, and I love GET REAL!

Tyler Bennington

liked only one track
The one track on this cd that rates a 5 ***** for me, is Sanctuary. This song is the best, and should be #1 on the national ratings. It moved me to tears. A great love song. The rest of the album is not my cup of tea, however. CD Baby's delivery time was super!


loved the prayer - tread lightly
I love the words that are attuned to the music. Tread lightly should be the national athem.

Michelle Jordan

Billy is a musical genius!
Billy has produced another musical marvel! This CD is great. It is, however, more for adults. My five year old LOVES "Into the Water" and "Zack's Walk" and no others. If you enjoy his music, you MUST visit his website and find an appearance that you can attend! His music is great----His live performance is AMAZING! He is extremely talented!