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Sons of Bill to perform at BRCC

Sons of Bill, a band described as “too edgy for Nashville, but too earnest for New York,” will perform Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Community College Fine Arts Center.

Recently named the best band in Charlottesville for the third year in a row by C-ville Weekly readers, Sons of Bill draws comparisons to artists ranging from George Jones to the Gin Blossoms; Gram Parsons to Guns and Roses.

Bill Wilson’s three eldest sons grew up in central Virginia, listening to him fingerpick old country tunes around the house. They learned to sing harmony at family holidays and inherited old guitars with their hand-me-down jeans. The past two decades sent James, Sam and Abe in disparate musical directions: teenage heavy metal fests, old-time barn dances, college bars and New York City jazz clubs. But in 2005 the brothers all returned – one from a cattle ranch in Nevada, one from an apartment in Brooklyn, one from grad school in Maryland – and for the first time in their lives they began to make music together. With the addition of long-time friends Seth Green on bass and Brian Caputo on drums, Bill’s sons became Sons of Bill.

The group’s live show evolves from acoustic ballads into sweaty stage-dives, gaining Sons of Bill a loyal fan base from Florida to New York City. After selling their self-released debut album A Far Cry from Freedom by the thousands, SOB flew to California in late 2008 to record a much-anticipated follow up, One Town Away.

Tickets ($10-adult; $5-student) are on sale now at 540.453.2215. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office 45 minutes before the concert. For a complete listing of BRCC’s Fine Arts Center events and exhibits, please visit

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