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Happy Accidents (the NEWEST CD!)

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released 2009

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Billy Jonas/Bang-A-Bucket Music

NEWS FLASH: HAPPY ACCIDENTS has been awarded a Parent's Choice GOLD award!!! Happy Accidents, the latest Billy Jonas recording, is funky folk music for the whole family. It's musical medicine for the mind, body and spirit of young and old alike. It's a splendiferous sonic sojourn into the near and far reaches of fun and fantasy, possibility and purpose, word-play, wonder, heart, and hope.

The 18 songs feature 13 originals, and 5 adaptations of traditional tunes, all destined to inspire and inform. For instance, "Eyes Wide Open," "You are Not Alone," "Get There," and "Open Sesame" each provide a different 'musical map' for navigating challenging situations; "To Be One" and "Hollow Bamboo" enliven the soul; "Cabeza" teaches Spanish; "Happy Accident" explores four mistakes with wonderful outcomes; and "What Kind of Dog are You?!," "Vitamin Alphabet," "Knock Knock," and "One Tutu too Many" are just plain FUN question-answer songs that invite the listener to guess-along and sing along.

The arrangements include Jonas' trademark homemade "re-percussion'' drum set, as well as a glorious panoply of found sounds (rubber bands, body percussion, door squeaks, apple cider jugs), exotic kalimbas and marimbas, conventional instruments (guitars, bass, piano, banjo, accordion, tuba) and 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-part vocal harmonies.

The finale of the CD is the "Wake Up Suite," a series of 5 songs that trace a young person's morning rituals. Jonas and an 8-year-old friend sing duets designed to be easily learned and re-sung, to help families move their morning process along with as much fun as possible. The pieces include "Gotta Get Up," "Two Minute Shower," "Eat Something!" "Brush Your Teeth," and "Totally Ready to Go."

Happy Accidents is Jonas' seventh recording, and his second "family" CD. Built on a foundation of voice and percussion, with strong, memorable melodies, it has something for everyone, regardless of age. It was recorded over the course of a year, primarily in Asheville, NC, with the help of co-producers Bill Melanson (from The Billys) and Adam Johnson.

Happy Accidents features more than 40 local musicians and a host of nationally and internationally renowned co-conspirators, including David Wilcox, Moira Smiley, The Fire Cracker Jazz Band, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, River Guerguerian, Don Porterfield, Jake Wolf, Ashley Farmer, and Eliot Wadopian.

LINER NOTES BILLY JONAS' "HAPPY ACCIDENTS"………
RELEASED: 2009

Produced by Adam Johnson, Bill Melanson & Billy Jonas
Recorded & Mixed by Adam Johnson & Billy Jonas at Possum Palace, Braidsteam Studios, & Upstream Studios, Asheville, NC

Additional Engineering / Recording: Van Coble at Children's Theatre of Charlotte, NC  Marc Doten at Trend Coma Studio, Pasadena CA / River Guerguerian at The Resonating Room, Asheville NC / Ric Hordinski, at the monastery, Cincinnati OH / Andrew Shatsberg at Landslide Studio, Asheville NC / Joshua Pearl at Let It Out Productions, Woodstock NY / Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studios, Asheville NC / Thomas Vanderbrook at Tonehaus, Austin TX

Mastering: Eric Conn & Don Cobb, Independent Mastering, Nashville TN

All songs and introductions copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI), except:
Eyes Wide Open copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & Moira    Smiley, (ASCAP)
Open Sesame copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & David Blum
One Tutu Too Many copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & Laura Mahr
Vitamin Alphabet copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & David Wilcox, Gizz Da Baboo (SESAC)
Eat Something copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & Jane Anne Tager
Brush Your Teeth copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI), Bill Melanson, Adam Johnson, & Agent 23 Skidoo, based on traditional song
Totally Ready To Go copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & Bill Melanson.  
Two Minute Shower copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket Music (BMI) & Bill Melanson, based on traditional song
Cabeza, Hollow Bamboo, Gotta Get Up copyright 2009 Billy Jonas, Bang-a-Bucket   Music (BMI), based on traditional songs  

Brief lyrical & music excerpts on track numbers 8 and 11 are used under the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act, U.S.C. Title 17 S107

Musicians: The Happy Accidents Band is Billy Jonas (vocals, guitars, banjo, percussion, sound effects), Bill Melanson (vocals, guitars, banjo, percussion, sound effects), Jake Wolf (bass, vocals, percussion), Don Porterfield (bass, vocals, percussion), Ashley Farmer (vocals, percussion), & River Guerguerian (percussion, vocals)

Additional Musicians (alphabetically):
Patrick Boland - piano (To Be One)
Dan Brewer - mandolin (Knock Knock, Who's Gonna Make our Music)
Isaac Dickson Elementary School - vocals (Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make our Music)
Pierce Edens - dumpster (Eyes Wide Open)
Embe Marimba Band - marimbas (You are Not Alone)
Nicky Erker - vocals (What Kind of Dog are You?!, Brush Your Teeth, Cabeza, Vitamin Alphabet, Intro: Happy Accident)
Paul Feldman - vocals (Knock Knock)
Fire Cracker Jazz Band (Mike Gray, Earl Sachais, Henry Westmoreland, Je Widenhouse)
  Mike Gray - vocals, drums (What Kind of Dog are You, Happy Accident)
  Earl Sachais - trombone (What Kind of Dog are You, Happy Accident)
  Henry Westmorland - tuba (What Kind of Dog are You, Happy Accident)
  Je Widenhouse - trumpet (What Kind of Dog are You, Happy Accident)
  Ashley Farmer - vocals (Eyes Wide Open, Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!, Vitamin Alphabet, To Be One, Open Sesame, Happy Accidents,  What
         Kind of Dog are You?!, Get There, Knock Knock, Cabeza, Hollow Bamboo, Two Minute Shower, Eat Something)
  Sue Ford - vocals, marimba (You are Not Alone)
  Steve Gorn - bamboo flute (Hollow Bamboo)
  Juan Holladay - vocals, percussion, body percussion (Eyes Wide Open, Get There)
  Ric Hordinski - electric guitar (One Tutu Too Many)
  Daphne Howard - vocals (Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make our Music?!)
  Adam Johnson - claps, percussion (Open Sesame, Get There)
  Jones Primary School - (Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make our Music)
  Billy Jonas - vocals, percussion, body percussion, re-percussion, guitar, electric guitar, gourd banjo, 1 gallon bottles, sound effects, anklung, pitch pipe, marimba (everything!)
  Katuah Sudbury School - (Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make our Music)
  Tessa Kvalvik - vocals (What Kind of Dog are You?!, Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make our Musiic)
  Julie Last - vocals (Hollow Bamboo)
  Zedd Littlejohn - vocals (Brush Your Teeth, Eat Something, Vitamin Alphabet, Who's Gonna Make our Music)
  Bill Melanson - vocals, guitars, banjo, percussion, sound effects (Who's Gonna Make our Music?!, Open Sesame, Knock Knock, Brush Your Teeth,  
          Two Minute Shower, Totally Ready to Go, Gotta Get Up, Cabeza, Happy Accident)
  Bonnie Grace Melanson - vocals (Cabeza, Vitamin Alphabet, What Kind of Dog are You, Who's Gonna Make Our Music?! Intro: Wake Up Suite)
  Carter Mitchell - vocals (Cabeza
  Jenny Park - vocals (Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza)
  Eli Pearl - vocals (Hollow Bamboo)
  Fiona Pearl - vocals (Hollow Bamboo)
  Joshua Pearl - vocals, anklung, piano (Hollow Bamboo)
  Orange Peel Audience 12-2-07 - vocals (Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!)
  Mark Perry - vocals (Vitamin Alphabet, Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make Our Music, Knock Knock, What Kind of Dog are You?!)
  Nance Pettit - vocals (Cabeza, Who's Gonna Make Our Music)
  Carl Peverall - vocals (Knock Knock)
  Don Porterfield - bass (Vitamin Alphabet, To Be One, Get There, Knock Knock
  Chris Rosser - vocals, piano, melodica, accordian, organ (Happy Accident, Vitamin Alphabet, What Kind of Dog are You?! One Tutu Too Many,
         Hollow Bamboo)
  Lynn Rosser - vocals (Hollow Bamboo, What Kind of Dog are You?!)
  Michael Rubin - harmonica (Vitamin Alphabet, Happy Accident)
  Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - drum programming (Brush Your Teeth)
  Dr. Sick - violin (Vitamin Alphabet)
  Moira Smiley - vocals (To Be One, Hollow Bamboo)
  Matt Smith - electric guitar, slide guitar (Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!, Open Sesame, One Tutu Too Many)
  Luke Tannenbaum - vocals (Cabeza, Vitamin Alphabet, Hollow Bamboo, What Kind of Dog are You?!)
  Chris Thompson - vocals (To Be One)
  Elijah Tucker - vocals, percussion (Hollow Bamboo)
  Eliot Wadopian - bass (Cabeza)
  Chrissa Weir - vocals (Cabeza, Vitamin Alphabet, Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!)
  David Wheeler - vocals (Knock Knock)
  David Wilcox - vocals (Who's Gonna Make Our Music, Cabeza)
  Nathan Wilcox - vocals (Who's Gonna Make Our Music, Cabeza)
  Nicole Williams - vocals (Cabeza, Vitamin Alphabet)
  Jake Wolf - bass (Who's Gonna Make Our Music, Open Sesame, One Tutu Too Many, Eat Something, Totally Ready to Go)

Graphic Design: Andrew Findley www.andrewfindley.com
Paintings by Barbar Fisher www.barbarafisher.com


SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE AMAZING MUSICIANS, CO-WRITERS, ENGINEERS, SCHOOLS & THEATERS! AND (alphabetically)…Tommy Anton, Ted Abrogast, Benjamin Bernstein, Sharon Bigger, David Blum, Louis Cato, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Kachina Davine, Adrian Deal, Doug Elliott, Evergreen Community Charter School, Fargo-Erker Family, Ashley Farmer & family, Andrew Findley, Cathy Fink, Barbara Fisher, Louisa Ford, Sue Ford, Lucy Hazelhurst, David Holladay, Juan Holladay, Ruletta Hughes, Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Adam Johnson, Jonas family, Nathalie Jorge & family, Katuah Sudbury School, Heather Star Krause, Geri Littlejohn, Loyd Artists (Peggy Baldwin, John Loyd, Susan Lounsbury), Laura Mahr, Marcy Minxer, Bill Melanson, Alan Muskat, Shifra Nerenberg, Oasis Disc Manufacturing, Jenny Park, Joshua Pearl & family, Nance Pettit, Don & Lila Porterfield, Maggie Jo Saylor & family, Ben Scales, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Sheila Shearer, Steph Silver & family, JaneAnne Tager & family, Fred Tannenbaum & family, The Orange Peel, Ramie Thorstad & family, Charlie Van Buskirk and G.A.S.M. (Group of Asheville Song Makers), Weir family, Wilcox-Pettit family, Sarah Kim Wilde.  Billy Jonas is endorsed by Saluda Cymbals & Taylor Guitars.

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