Eli & Bill Perras

De Land, FL
Folk / Americana / Singer/Songwriters
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Hi Friends,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve addressed any of you via our ReverbNation email list, so here is some news of our latest escapades.

First, we have a brand new CD titled, “WE ARE THE PEOPLE”. The final product landed on our doorstep on Feb. 10th. With all the effort that we put into it, Eli & I were just a little tuckered out from the 3 month project, but are now ready to hit the road and share some of our new music with all of you.



The first reviews are coming in now:

Ron Johnson of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville wrote an review HERE, and Dr. Bob wrote up a review on the GotFolk! blog HERE.
One of the songs on the album is “There Was a Time” that was written by the legendary singer/songwriter, Tom Pacheco from Woodstock, NY. After receiving a copy of the finished product, he wrote, “We Are the People” is a great album! Thank-you for fighting the good fight! When I first played it, my first instinct was like hearing a blue, clear river flowing with honesty and truth. I LOVE all the songs and loved your treatment of “There Was a Time!”

There are two other cover songs on the album which include “When I Die” that was written by one of my biggest influences, the late Jim Ballew, and the final song on the album is Pete Seeger’s “Quite Early Morning”

The 10 original songs include the upbeat title cut “We Are the People”; Eli’s account of her lost heritage titled “I Am the Tribe Called Arawak”; “Happy Jack”, that has an absolutely wonderful lead instrumental on English Concertina by the renowned Cindy Mangsen; an acoustic blues honoring a Florida bluesman titled “Willy Green Blues”; an account of Eli’s issue with a landlord called “Small Box of Pictures”; the Roaring 20’s Rag” sing-along; another historical account of the civil rights activist “Harry T Moore”; the controversial “Dr. Kevorkian Blues”; a story-song titled “The Real McCoy”; and a jug band sounding rant titled “Nobody’s Listenin’”.

Besides Cindy Mangsen, Eli & I owe many thanks to other musicians that comprise the “Florida Acoustic Segue Orchestra” including Mark “Crocodile” Harris, Ron Spencer, Katie Waller, Brad Keeler, Steve Rinker, Nancy Crockford, Raven Stands-Alone, Magda Hiller, Wyatt Hiller Wilson, Ashley Marzullo, and Henry Tolan. Another accolade goes out to Kathy Ivers, who again exceeded our expectations with her incredible talent, drawing the front cover artwork.

You can download the original songs or buy a hard copy of the entire album at
CD Baby, or you can pick up a signed copy at one of our upcoming shows.

We will be traveling around Florida playing at festivals, churches, house concerts, and other listening room venues until the end of May when we again participate at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, and then it’s off on our yearly summer tour around the eastern U.S.


We still do have dates available as we travel, so if you are so inclined to book us, or know of a venue that will support our music, please let us know.

Bill & Eli




"Eli and Bill are very soft-spoken, humble people. Musically the stuff they do is quite polished. It's about as close as anyone, here, comes to recalling, in our time, the authentic sound of traditional American Music."  Sir Charles Atkins, Florida State University

"Runnin' Outta' Georgia CD Review: This is a collection of topical songs that point to the social issues that frustrate us every day, from corporate injustice to the homeless, from political inaction to stereo-types, and prejudice. Each song thoughtfully brings the human condition to light and most offer a silver lining, the possibility of change if we get off our butts and reach out to each other. Hopefully their "blues" will get us."  RDG, Sing Out! Magazine


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