Under the Radar: Sons of Bill

If you combine the Texas-country twang of Robert Earl Keen, the grittiness of the Drive-by Truckers, and the earnest songwriting of Gram Parsons, your finished product is the unique alt-country style of Sons of Bill.  Hailing from Charlottesville, VA, the band is comprised of three brothers – Sam Wilson (lead guitar), James Wilson (vocals, guitar), and Abe Wilson (keys) – and two of their childhood friends, Seth Green (bass) and Todd Wellons (drums).  The band’s name is taken from the Wilson brothers’ father, Bill.

Born into country and raised on rock ‘n roll, Sons of Bill have amassed a large following up and down the east coast- sharing the stage with the likes of Robert Randolph, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and the Drive-by Truckers.  The band’s first EP, A Far Cry From Freedom, was released in 2008.  In 2009, they entered the studio with Grammy-winning producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Whiskeytown) and released their second album, One Town Away, that has been openly welcomed throughout the alt-country community.

The band is preparing to embark on their Life In Shambles Tour with their first stop on April 23rd in their hometown of Charlottesville at the Jefferson Theatre.  The Life In Shambles Tour will be the band’s first headlining gig with support coming from Roman Candle and American Aquarium.  Check them out in Raleigh on May 1st at The Pour House and in Charlotte on May 8th at The Evening Muse.

Download a free show and watch Sam Wilson absolutely destroy “The Rain” on guitar after the jump…

Sons of Bill
08/06/2009 The Windjammer, Charleston, SC

01. Intro
02. Getting Touch
03. Back to Time
04. Rock ‘n Roll
05. One Town Away
06. The Rain (When I Die)
07. The Lighthouse > Roll on Jordan
08. Ballad of Middle-Age Heartache
09. Charleston
10. Texas
11. The Song is All That Remains

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~ by cdowell4 on April 16, 2010.

3 Responses to “Under the Radar: Sons of Bill”

  1. Heya! Just found your site via a Google alert. Thank you for the comprehensive NC concert list. This is something I’ve been unable to find anywhere, and it’s a big help. Makes me wish it were an RSS feed (or even render them in a Google Calendar people can subscribe to)… I’m certainly going to have to keep an eye on it!

    Great to see Phoenix is on their way here – I had no idea, but it’s a must see for me.

  2. saw these guys open for keen last year. solid.

  3. I take back what I said, considering you don’t respond to comments. Your site sucks :) Good day, moron!

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