“Have you read the Odyssey? I haven’t read that book in years,
How he killed off all her lovers, then he burst into tears.”– Sons of Bill, “Bad Dancer”
“The most arresting band I’ve heard in years.” — Garden and Gun
Bill Wilson is from central Virginia. He is professor emeritus of philosophical theology and southern literature at the University of Virginia; a singer, songwriter, and a father of six. His three eldest sons, along with long-time musical compadres Seth Green and Todd Wellons, started a rock band upon their return to Virginia, and they called it Sons of Bill.
Having been voted the best band in Charlottesville for the last 4 years running, Sons of Bill grew beyond being just Charlottesville’s best kept secret in 2012 with their third full-length album, Sirens. Produced by fellow Virginian David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) the album debuted #12 on Billboard among new artists and garnered the band its first taste of critical acclaim for its mix of introspective lyricism and rock-and-roll bravado. As one writer put it– “It’s like southern gothic arena rock… it somehow manages to be fatalistic and triumphant at the same time.” With a live show known to evolve from acoustic ballads into sweaty stage dives, Sons of Bill has always kept a grueling tour schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, sharing the stage with artists ranging from My Morning Jacket to the Drive-By Truckers and playing coveted slots at Bonnaroo, ACL Fest, and SXSW.
For Record Store Day in the spring of 2013 Sons of Bill is set to release a limited edition 7″ Vinyl 45, “Bad Dancer,” on locally based Warhen Records, followed by a tour across the States. An outsider’s anthem, the band describes the song as a love letter to their fans– “It’s for the John Cusacks and the Holden Caulfields–those who love hard but still linger on the outskirts of things. It’s something I see in so many of the people that are drawn to the music we make, and I wanted to write them a song. A rock-and-roll love song for the awkward lovers– A dance song for the bad dancers.”
Side B of the 45 features “Higher than Mine.” A song which “could be looked at as a love song without love or a break-up song without anger, sadness or spite…It’s just a glimpse at two aimless people who need each other, but for whatever reason are unable to let their guards down enough to fall in love.”