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Editors’ Notes

Made up of three brothers and a pair of their friends, Sons of Bill play sincere and straightforward Southern roots rock with some genuine Virginia twang thrown in. Jangling Telecasters, organ, piano, and a bit of lap steel round out their sound and prove the right backdrop for the earnest tenor of James Wilson, with harmony vocals from his brothers Sam and Abe. They show some swagger on tunes like “Going Home,” “Rock and Roll,” and the clever and biting “Lost Love and Indie Rockers,” but they really make their mark with the strong ballads “Joey’s Arm,” “So Much for the Blues,” “Charleston,” and “Broken Bottles,” all of which highlight their storytelling skills and thoughtful lyrics (sample: “Hank Williams might have been a love-sick drinker, but being a love-sick drunk don’t make you Hank”). With One Town Away, just their second release, the tight and soulful Sons of Bill show some definite promise.

Customer Reviews

Sons of Bill should be what we think of when we think "Country."

I am kind of a music snob. So imagine my surprise when the hot local band in my area (Charlottesville) turned out to be better than most "real" stuff I was listening to. Well they're real as can be now, fresh off a global tour and their Bonarroo debut. Sons of Bill might just be the best country band in America. Restricting them to the "country" label might seem a bit unfair, since typically when we think country we think Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, or some other overproduced nonsense. But I call them "country" because they represent what country used to be, what it should be, and what it can be again. Buy this album.


I heard them on Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings XM Country Show, and I was mightily impressed. Their LA producer has some major credits, and I just noticed that the steel guitar player also played steel on John fogerty's new record. These guys are really good, I'm going to see them tonight.

One Town Away

Very good album, you can hear the growth of the band in each song, standouts are charleston, rock and roll, and the new bonus song!


Formed: 2005 in Charlottesville, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2005 in Charlottesville, Virginia by brothers Sam Wilson, James Wilson, and Abe Wilson, along with friends Seth Green (bass) and Todd Wellons (drums), Sons of Bill (the three Wilson boys' father was Bill Wilson, a musician and professor emeritus of philosophical theology and Southern literature at the University of Virginia, thus the name of the band) developed a graceful and powerful blend of literate, R.E.M. and Wilco-like Americana folk-rock. A debut album, A Far Cry from Freedom, was...
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One Town Away (Bonus Track Version), Sons of Bill
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 23, 2009

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