Biography: Sons of Bill
It starts with the music. A sound that's all too familiar, yet somehow resists an easy definition. Too edgy for Nashville, but too earnest for New York. Drawing comparisons to artists ranging from George Jones to the Gin Blossoms – Gram Parsons to Guns and Roses – Sons of Bill have been called "equal parts raucous and reflective." A sound which is revolutionary only in its simplicity.
It starts with the music because it started with the music. Bill Wilson's three eldest sons grew up listening to him fingerpick old country tunes around the house. They learned to sing harmony at family holidays and inherited old guitars with their hand-me-down jeans. The past two decades sent James, Sam and Abe in disparate musical directions: teenage heavy metal fests, old-time barn dances, college bars and New York City jazz clubs. But in 2005 the brothers all returned – one from a cattle ranch in Nevada, one from an apartment in Brooklyn, one from Grad school in Maryland – and for the first time in their lives they began to make music together. With the addition of long-time friends Seth Green and Brian Caputo, Bill's sons became Sons of Bill. With a live show known to evolve from acoustic ballads into sweaty stage-dives, Sons of Bill has gained a loyal fan base from Florida to NYC, sharing the stage with acts ranging from Robert Randolph to Robert Earl Keen. After selling their self-released debut album "A Far Cry from Freedom" by the thousands, SOB flew to California in late 2008 to record a much anticipated follow up. Tracked live in just 10 days with legendary producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Whiskeytown) "One Town Away" is as honest and straightforward as records get. 12 songs about the struggles and hopes of human life, played by five guys from central Virginia, raised on traditional country music with an unabashed love for Rock n' Roll. With a release date set in the Spring of 2009, Sons of Bill will soon be back on road, pressing hot copies of it on masses of unsuspecting concert-goers. We hope you'll be one of them.
Sons of Bill has shared the stage with: Robert Earl Keen, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Shooter Jennings, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Isbell (Formerly of the Drive-by-Truckers), Reckless Kelly, and was part of Warren Haynes' annual Christmas Jam.
Covers: Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, Drive By Truckers, The Ramones, Clint Black, Rolling Stones, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allen Coe, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Confederate Railroad, The Band, and many more.
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