Sam Wilson of Sons of Bill performs at WNRN radio in Charlottesville, Virginia, on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Travis)
Friday night’s Sons of Bill concert very nearly didn’t come to be. Last year, during the making of their sixth album, Oh God Ma’am, the youngest of the three brothers in the band, James Wilson, fell on a champagne flute, severing five tendons and his median nerve. Doctors feared that he might not be able to play the guitar again. The Sons of Bill had finally tasted some success in 2016 with their critically acclaimed fifth album, Love and Logic, playing sold-out shows in London, and they were thinking about breaking up the band.
Sons of Bill (Photo by Anna Webber)
Americana brothers Sons of Bill are literally sons of Bill — Bill Wilson, a professor at the University of Virginia. Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who hail from nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, released their first album, A Far Cry from Freedom, in 2006 and their most recent, Oh God Ma’am, on June 29 via Loose Music.
The brothers, along with bandmates bassist Seth Green and drummer Todd Wellons, will perform at Union Stage on Friday, Aug. 3.