Time

Time

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From Small-town, North Carolina comes the sophomore recording effort of songster Billy Jones, Time. On Time Jones continues to lean on the deep roots of the folk tradition that informed his debut album Without A Fight. Yet, here Jones introduces a considerably fuller sound, courtesy of his very capable backing band The Pocket. Despite a fuller sound, the production on Time remains fairly unaffected by engineering tweaks and touches. Jones strives for an organic sound on his records, and he has succeeded again here. There is a refreshing looseness to the band – not sloppiness or inconsistency, but a willingness to give the songs room to breath and move around a bit - much like a live show (after all Jones is a performer at heart, and this is his road band).

If Without a Fight is an exploration of Main St. landscapes and highway journeys, Time finds Jones exploring more of an interior landscape. In the bluesy opening track, “Back to Eden” Jones sings of “walking in and out of doorways/….building skyscrapers and paving sidewalks/ in her gentle mind.” Buildings and nature are employed metaphorically throughout Time, as Jones muses on the passing of time and journeys that have become more psychological than physical. On the earthy, melancholy “Monday Manners” Jones sings: ”Motionless I lay here contemplating the tide/I wonder if its low out there/ With the sun still on the rise/ Seems like a good time to collect myself/ Maybe forget about the storm for a while.” Again, the ebb and flow seems more to do with the matter of the mind than actual water. Despite his obvious awareness of time rolling by, Jones seems simultaneously concerned with maintaining connectivity to the past. (It should come as no surprise that Jones crafted and recorded these songs in the months/days leading up to the birth of his first son.) On Time, Jones flexes his versatility as a songwriter. In keeping with the theme of connectivity to the past, Jones channels a dependable catalogue of American musicians. He seems equal parts Arlo Guthrie and Sam Cooke, as much The Band as The Dead. Regardless of the genre (and Mr. Jones does some solid genre-bending), this album is still signature Billy Jones. The lyrics are thoughtful and relevant, and the vocal delivery rolls like a familiar old car down a winding country road - like the kind that Jones has been traveling for the past ten years: bringing his craft from town to town.
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  1. 1 Eden 05:21 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Minor walk 04:18 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Reminds me of you 04:12 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Monday manners 04:14 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Silent Knight 04:01 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Isabella 05:15 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Once in a while 05:19 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Pick up the rest 04:59 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Time 04:17 Lyrics
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  10. 10 One step further 05:22 Lyrics
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Without a Fight

Without a Fight

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Billy Jones is a twenty nine year old singer songwriter native to North Carolina. Jones has been hawking and honing his thought-provoking songs and danceable rhythms around the Charlotte area for the better part of the last decade. His first album "Without a Fight" features 12 origianl tracks. From start to finish, the album has a very organic, acoustic feel, with each of the songs revolving around Jones' strong rhythm guitar playing, thoughtful lyrics, and warm vocal delivery. The songs address essential, present-day concerns and ideas, yet the album also possesses a very nostalgic quality - as if Jones is acknowledging that he is one in a long line of thinkers, songwriters, and poets. In "Rainy Night Lullaby," Jones sings, "I lost myself in the moment of dreaming of the men who came before; wonder what roads they may have traveled just to walk through the very same doors; wonder if I've taken the road like some kind of essential coincidence - these complex paths we choose wonder what will happen next."

Says Jones of his debut record; "I just wanted to put a stamp on the times. There are a lot of songs and people that I look up to because they said what needed to be said at the time. I wanted to put something out there that responds to the present." Asked if there was a central theme to the record, Jones answers, "I want the album to reflect hope. It certainly acknowledges that life is a constant struggle - but there is hope buried in every situation, and I wanted to bring that to light."

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  1. 1 Without a fight 03:46 Lyrics Free
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  2. 2 Thats all you need 04:42 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Starlight 04:59 Lyrics
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  4. 4 a song for Simkus 05:14 Lyrics
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  5. 5 the beat to keep 04:25 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Magneline 04:51 Lyrics
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  7. 7 backroads 05:14 Lyrics Free
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  8. 8 wildflower 04:04 Lyrics Free
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  9. 9 too many miles 03:27
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  10. 10 rainy night lullaby 07:38 Lyrics
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  11. 11 cantigas de capoeira 02:04
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  12. 12 confirmation in f major 10:53 Lyrics
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