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One Town Away

June 23, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Label: Gray Fox Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Gray Fox Records
  • Total Length: 52:00
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  • ASIN: B002D68EPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,025 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I first ran into Sons of Bill years ago at a show in a little bar in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and I was hooked immediately. For someone who doesn't like much of the new music I hear, I was blown away by the originality and sound of the genre-defying band out of Charlottesville, Virginia.

I've been fortunate enough to catch SoB about seven or eight times, and they consistently deliver a fantastic performance, no matter the venue. This new album finds them going a slightly different direction than the excellent "A Far Cry From Freedom." A little darker and more mature than their first release, "One Town Away" shows the elements of an already tight group refining their talents. I'd like to say a few words about a couple of the tunes here, but make no mistake: I could go on about every last track on the disc.

I was stoked to hear "Never Saw It Comin'" finally pressed to an album. I've always found the lyrics to be powerful live, and the recording doesn't disappoint. James, Sam, Abe, Seth, and Brian sound just like what they are: five guys who can blow the doors out of any room you stick 'em in. I enjoy being told a story from time to time, even if the tale doesn't have a happy ending, and you can damn near reach out and feel the blood on this one.

Built on "the dirt underneath the methadone and concrete," the opening track "Joey's Arm" does what a whole lot of country songs are unable (or unwilling) to do: it paints a picture of a little slice of the South, without covering the warts. This was the first of several songs I heard on the disc that I hadn't heard live, and they all stand up well in the SoB catalog.

"Rock and Roll" is just a rollickin' good time, and makes a pretty accurate statement about the band.
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When I checked the mail today I was surprised to find an inconspicuous white envelope containing Sons of Bill's new CD One Town Away (Gray Fox Records). I was even more surprised when I put it in the CD player and listened to it. `Where had this band been hiding?" I thought to myself. I hadn't heard some good ole Southern Rock in a long long time. That is, good ole Southern Rock that didn't sound like they were trying to sound like Lynard Skynard or The Allman Brothers Band. Sons of Bill possess their very own unique sound.

I don't believe there is a soul in the band over the age of 28. That tells my they've had some strong influence in the world of music. And as it turns out, after reading their bio they sent along with their CD, there is; From their Father, Bill Wilson who happens to be a professor of theology (and an expert on the Southern Agrarian movement) at the University of Virginia. He must've also listened to some great music while his three son's James, Sam, and Abe Wilson were growing up. It would sure seem that way when you listen to their new record, One Town Away. There are mentions of artists like Hank Williams, and Towns Van Zandt in their lyrics. I would be willing to lay you odds; the elder Wilson possesses recordings by these two artists along with Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. I'm really just speculating here but I bet I'm right.

James Wilson, the youngest of the Wilson Brothers, pens most of the songs and wrote my personal favorite on the record, Going Home. The song starts out with a profound bass beat that leads us into beautifully played lap steel with interludes of electric piano. It all comes together with James Wilson on vocals. It's not quite as rough. This is not meant as an insult to Steve Earle.
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Yeah ... I'm stepping backwards through the musical history of Sons Of Bill, having discovered them through their latest vision, Sirens, a no nonsense outing that pleased me from one to the other. There's much to be found on this 2009 release to remind me why music has been such a huge part of my life as I sit here listening to One Town Away unfold and develop, capturing more live energy in the studio than most bands manage to create on stage, delivering a splendid album that's sure to leave you drained and longing for more. The music is both new and rootsy and at the same time, laced with alternative country meets southern rock influences, smoke filled introspection, redemption, loss, and a state of being that will conjure the ghost of both Townes Van Zandt and Hank William Sr.

Of course the music's great, but when you hear lyrics with lines that cause a full fledged smile, `cause you get the inside joke ..."When you don't fit in at church and bars, you bite your lip and hide the scars," and "Hank Williams may have been a love sick drinker, but being a love sick drunk don't make you Hank," you know you're in good company. All of the songs are filled with consequences, delivered with effortless harmonies, steel guitars, and a rolling backbeat that holds it all in check, allowing the band to stand with a sense of sophistication without seeming beholding or pretentious.

Sons of Bill redefine rock n' roll, even if they claim no affiliation to it.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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