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Sons of Bill

April 1, 2013

Sons of Bill

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 reflective lyricism and rock-and-roll bravado. 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, recently completing a successful three-week tour in Germany.

For Record Store Day (April 20) 2013 Sons of Bill is set to release a limited edition 7″ single, outsider’s anthem “Bad Dancer,” on locally-based Warhen Records followed by a tour across the States.

Give Sons of Bill a listen below and then catch them live – they’ve got several dates this April in Texas, including a House of Blues shoe in Dallas on April 10.

1. What is your hometown?

Charlottesville VA,

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Quentin Compson and the Incredible Hulk

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

John Cusack

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Peter Brueghel, “The Fall of Icarus”

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

The Cure, Disintegration. Dawes, Nothing is Wrong. Shovels and Rope, O Be Joyful

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Sweet Home Alabama

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

False Dichotomy

10. How do you define sin?

“Every sin is an addiction, and every addiction has its terminal point at damnation.” Auden

11. How do you define virtue?

From the latin, Vir, meaning “Man”– Virtues are that which bring man closer to his true nature? Isn’t this a band interview? Ask me about my favorite drum fill.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

“go and tell the Spartans stranger passing by…” But some rock and roll version. Ask Paul Westerberg

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?


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