Jonny's life in music started as a teenager distributing home-made cassettes and cold calling his musical heroes. A phone call Tin Machine's Reeves Gabrels led to working with Frank Black on what would eventually be his debut album on Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Hi My Name is Jonny was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and has become a known as a power-pop gem.
Since then, Polonsky has recorded and toured with a dizzying array of artists, from Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Minnie Driver, Donovan and the Dixie Chicks to Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer, Pete Yorn and Local H as well as Big Nose, a band he formed with Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.
“The guy was born to be a rock star and he makes the music to back it up.” - Frank Black
His music has been featured in tv shows like Girls, Roswell, Providence, 24/7 and the films Feeling Minnesota (whose soundtrack also included the Replacements and Bob Dylan) and Unaccompanied Minors.