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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:47

Sons of Bill 6/20/12

Sons of Bill 6/20/12 Chris Bay
Written by Chris Bay
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  • Date Recorded: June 20, 2012
  • Artist / Band: Sons of Bill
  • Hosting Show: Interstate
  • Sound: Andy Coco and John Schwartz

Where the rock 'n' roll road ends, Sons of Bill keep driving, using the lessons they've picked up along the way to blaze their own path and save new souls.

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Sons of Bill take their name from a literal brotherhood shared by three of the band's five members -- Sam, Abe and James are the sons of Bill Wilson -- but their heartland-tinged melodies place them in a figurative brotherhood with some of the last half-century's greatest rock musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Son Volt and John Hiatt. They're a swift kick to both the head and the heart, with honest lyrics carried by steamroller drums, hefty guitar and weeping organ. To this reliable template, the Virginia-based band often adds a touch of southern class and soul.

Produced by David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), the band's third full-length record, "Sirens," was released in March of this year and wasted no time in garnering popular and critical acclaim. They've quickly joined a pack of contemporary acts of the riotous roots-rock variety that includes the likes of the Gaslight Anthem and Glossary.

For this session, they smoothed out their edges and turned down a bit. The session starts with the unreleased song "A Gentleman's Rage," and continues with the mid-tempo "Siren Song," the pseudo-title track from the aforementioned record. Capping it off is a wonderfully executed cover of R.E.M.'s "I Believe."

All photos by Chris Bay.

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