“There was no stereo in the Wilson household, but the home was filled with songs: Hymns, murder ballads, songs about love, songs about work, songs about death, all played with the passion of a southern gentleman who could never quite shake the cold light of professorial logic.” So says the bio for Charlottesville, Va.-based Americana quintet Sons of Bill. The band includes three brothers — Sam, Abe and James Wilson (with bassist Seth Green and drummer Todd Wellons) — who happen to be the offspring of William Wilson, professor emeritus of theology and literature at the University of Virginia. Hence the band name. The group’s new album, Love and Logic, out tomorrow, is already garnering raves. It “includes songs about the New and Old Souths, Faulkner, fishing, dancing and listening to Big Star,” says Wrinkled Records. “They strive to recapture some of the grandeur of ‘90s alt-country, even hiring Ken Coomer, of Uncle Tupelo/Wilco fame, to produce.”
Xpress is giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To win, list your favorite Sons of Bill song in the comments field. A winner will be chosen at random at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 30.