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16Jan/1212

New Music: Sons of Bill – ‘Sirens’

With the first bits of new music beginning to trickle out as we hit the start of another year, 'Sirens' by Sons of Bill is one of the early albums that has been spending a good amount of time in my CD player. Normally, I'd say iTunes or Amazon Cloud Player, but in this case, I really have been listening to the actual CD from the Charlottesville-based band as I've been out and about in the past week.

Due out on March 27th, 'Sirens' is album number three for the Sons and since I haven't heard the first two (hello MOG, I'm coming to visit you soon), I can't tell you whether this is the album where they finally hit it out of the park....or if it's just the latest chapter of them continuing to be great at what they do. Whatever the case might be, it's a mighty enjoyable listen.

"Bill" is Bill Wilson, the father of three of the members of the band and if their choice of cover songs (Steve Earle, Tom Petty) in the live set is any indication, we can probably thank Mr. Wilson for sharing his record collection that no doubt helped in some way to influence their full bodied sound that embraces heavy amounts of organ ala Benmont Tench, a nice throwback.

'Sirens' itself was produced by fellow Virginia resident David Lowery (and largely recorded at his recording studio), who himself knows a thing or two about the Benmont factor and he acts as the shepherd for these sessions, even pitching in with fellow Cracker comrade Johnny Hickman midway through the album on 'Life In Shambles.'  But these guys come off as great players both on record and in the live setting so while it's nice to have the extra cred of having Lowery's name on the album, it's very likely that their music would have stood just fine on its own without the help.

Lowery digs into the Sons of Bill story directly via this interview which was done for Lowery's Virginia-based radio program.

They're giving away a free download of 'Santa Ana Winds,' which is the opening track on the album and while it's a good taste, I promise you that you'll enjoy it that much more when you're able to hear it in context with the rest of the album in March.

Sadly, I missed them last July when they were here opening for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at the Beachland, so I'll look forward to hopefully getting another chance to see them here in Cleveland very soon!

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