Billy Jones Bluez

Billy Jones Bluez

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

The Re-emergence of Blues Music as Serious Social Commentary : "...what really got to me were the lyrics. ...it is “blues” transformed, updated and urbanized." "One of the very Best Authentic Modern Blues and Soul albums in recent memory." realbluesmagazine.com

Biography

Taking Blues to New Places with R&B, Soul, and Urban Style :

"Billy Jones is one of the ‘good guys’. He is a young man from Arkansas who is truly interested in advancing and extending ‘Great Music' from the Ancient to the Future’ and making sure that it is available for future generations.
As such he is one of my personal musical heroes.
We don’t have enough artists like him and hopefully he is going to inspire others.
Updating the blues for the 21st century is not an easy matter... Billy Jones has managed it.
Think Bobby Womack with Curtis Mayfield's social conscience and you are getting close.
Perhaps the most important thing to note is that his sound is more acceptable to modern ears and maybe that will get more people to listen to his message.
Jones has a voice that will enchant you. This is a fine, soulful album.
It's a first person rumination about "growing up in the ghetto" that packs a poignant wallop. The message is deep and heartfelt... lyrically-inspired Contemporary R&B."
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The Incredible Resurrection, Metamorphosis and Re-invention of Blues and Soul Music :

No one who I can think of, except perhaps James “Blood” Ulmer, has taken a truly contemporary look at traditional blues with the musical and lyrical intensity of Billy Jones. While Ulmer’s music is often dark and angry, Jones takes a more restrained and soulful approach while still expressing deep love, despair, and other intense feelings with his music.
Musically, there is a mix of styles on the CD. Jones can hammer out some hard, driving blues or go more traditional in his approach. But what really got to me were the lyrics. There are several songs where Billy gets into the urban problems of his "hometown."
The modern, urban blues lyrics start right from the beginning of the CD. He starts out with some slow jam/blues in a ballad called “Here With You”. He sings of how deep his love is: “your love is much warmer than my prison cell, so if the homies ride tonight I think I’m gonna stay right here”. With the second track, “Pull My 44”, Jones sings of a jealous lovers' rage. He describes his lovers' beauty and talks about how he’s jealous and if “I catch you messin’ wit’ my woman, Man I’m mo’ pull my 44”. The music has a Mississippi Delta component to it, yet it is modern and urban. Later, we hear “Crystal”; this is a semi-psychedelic rocking song about his addiction and the dangers of Crystal. It’s not a girlfriend named Crystal, but crystal methamphetamine. In the title track, “My Hometown’, Jones talks frankly about the problems in the ghetto. Schools not teaching you what to do, gangs, violence, meth labs, broken families, and a repressive system all become part of these modern blues.
Jones goes a more traditional R&B route with music and lyrics in cuts like “Right Now” and "Never Let You Go”. The deep bass notes driving the beat and his vocals are a throwback to an older soul era where he sings of loves won and lost. In “The Clown” Billy goes to his guitar and sweetly bends some notes to punctuate the song about his lost love, where he states “and girl for you I’m just a clown.”
Top to bottom, this is a nice little CD.
Jones calls his music “Bluez” and sings about the problems of his life and hometown with heart and feeling; it is “blues” transformed, updated and urbanized. This North Little Rock, Arkansas musician is the real deal and “my Hometown” is a great CD!"
http://crossroadsreviews.blogspot.com/

...bluez from the ghetto ...bluez for the ghetto :

"Exquisite Modern and Traditional Blues and Neo-Soul by one of the most talented artists on the contemporary scene.
Billy Jones is a young, genius-level, totally charismatic veteran who shows all the signs of becoming as big or bigger than Buddy Guy. This young man has enormous talents.
I recently witnessed a 2-song DVD by Billy and his band that just added to my excitement regarding this on-stage dynamo who boasts movie-star good looks, a Huge voice, great guitar-playing and a Hot repertoire of tunes. All tracks were written by Billy ...and what a voice!
With Billy Jones showing so many talents and covering every single genre close to Blues, the Man is a ‘can’t miss’ star-in-the-making…No wait, he’s not in-the-making…He’s made!
If a major U.S. label doesn’t scoop up this high-level Blues genius within the next 3-4 months then we’re all in trouble! But, whatever happens, No One is going to keep a lid on Billy Jones. He’s off on-a-rocket folks and we certainly need a Big Blues talent like his."
"One of the very Best Authentic Modern Blues and Soul albums in recent memory."
http://www.realbluesmagazine.com/

billy jones bluez links:

http://billyjonesbluez.hyves.net/ - europe
http://myspace.com/billyjonesbluez - usa - Official Website
http://musictrax.jp/billy_jones_bluez - japan
http://www.blackplanet.com/billyjonesbluez - usa
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Lyrics

My Hometown

Written By: Billy Jones

Welcome to the ghetto
welcome to my hometown
If you wanna know how life in the ghetto go
come and roll wit' me
let's take a look around
Some folks can't be trusted
there's so much danger
on these dirty streets
Some folks got the sickness
some got the weakness
some um' just freaks

Let's drive down thru the neighborhood
And let me show you something
I bet you ain't never seen
Every other house in this ghetto town's burned out
From cooking crystal methamphetamine

The children in this ghetto
Lord they grow up much to hard
From the day they born
they damn near on their own
And life is a struggle
from the very start

Sister can you tell me
where have all our young men gone
Locked-down in chains
they doing that O.G. thang
and that po' baby
is left all alone

The schools here in our ghetto
they don't teach you what to do
When mama's gone
and ya gotta face the world alone
and ain't nobody to see bout' you

The walls of this ghetto
hide so much pain
They don't care about us
and that ain't gon' never change
Victims of the system
Born to lose
Trapped on the outside
and singing the blues

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Discography

'Prime Suspect for the Blues'

'tha' Bluez'

'my Hometown'

Set List

billy jones bluez
songlist part 1

Here With You - Billy Jones
Pull My 44 - Billy Jones
Right Now - Billy Jones
Crystal - Billy Jones
Never Let You Go - Billy Jones
The Clown - Billy Jones
my Hometown - Billy Jones
You Upset My Soul - Billy Jones
The Rumor - Billy Jones
Bluez Comes Callin' - Billy Jones
Marry My Mother-in-law - Billy Jones
Come Back Tonight - Billy Jones
Doin' Alright Again - Billy Jones
Ain't Good Lookin' - Billy Jones
Her Daddy's Aligator Farm - Billy Jones
The One For Me - Billy Jones
Be Your Man - Billy Jones
Anything You Say - Billy Jones
Make Love Tonight - Billy Jones
Barnyard Love - Billy Jones

billy jones bluez
songlist part 2

Brick House - Lionel Richie
Bow Wow - Johnny Guitar Watson
Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
Casanova - Gerald LaVert
Root Doctor - Buddy Ace
Cleo's Back - Jr. Walker & The Allstars
The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Purple Rain - Prince
Down Home Blues - ZZ Hill
I Stand Accused