Sons of Bill in the Butter Room

The Sons of Bill are playing Toads Place in Richmond, Virginia this coming Saturday. You can buy your tickets here.

We were fortunate to have a conversation with all members of Sons of Bill in the Butter Room this week. The Butter Room thanks Sons of Bill and Red Light Management for their time to put this together. Check out our Q&A below and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!


Photo courtesy of Red Light Management
Photo courtesy of Red Light Management

How do you plan on spending Saturday before your gig with Wrinkle Neck Mules @ Toad’s Place in Richmond?

James Wilson: I think Sam and I are going down early to play acoustic for some folks and do some promotion. My only pre-show rituals are jumping jacks and egg burritos. James Wilson
Sam Wilson: Relaxing, maybe watching college football or working on new demos in my studio. Baseball postseason if its on. Sam Wilson
Abe Wilson: We usually dont have a lot of time before our shows with all the loading in and sound-checking. If we have extra time well probably try to find a bar and watch some college football. Abe Wilson
Seth Green: Probably eating late breakfast and then driving to Richmond to soundcheck. I was conscripted to go bang on doors for Obama, but I don’t think I’ll have time to get any of that done. It’s also apple picking season, but the chances of me getting to an orchard and back before we’re supposed to leave are somewhere between “slim” and “me missing the bus to Richmond.” Seth Green
Brian Caputo: Didn’t have any set plans as of yet. Depends on what time we have to leave to go to Richmond. Maybe run a few errands. Watch Texas-Oklahoma football game.

How would you describe Sons of Bill in one word?

James: Poor James Wilson
Sam: Brothers Sam Wilson
Abe: Real. At least I’d like to think so. Abe Wilson
Seth: Songs Seth Green
Brian: Family

What is in your mp3/CD player right now?

James: The new James McMurtry James Wilson
Sam: -American Music Club “Everclear”
-Testament “First Strike, Still Deadly”
-Oasis “Standing on the shoulders of giants”
-The Band
-Townes Van Zandt
-Scriabin “solo piano works”
-Lamb of God “Ashes of the Wake”
-Emmylou Harris “quarter moon in a ten cent town”
-Metallica “Death Magnetic”
-D’angelo “Voodoo
Sam Wilson
Abe: I dont have an Ipod and my cd player is broken so lately Im forced to pick up the guitar if I want to hear a particular song. The last song I played was It Will Shine when it Shines by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Abe Wilson
Seth: The Coup, Lil’ Wayne, Iron & Wine, Otis Redding, The Pogues Seth Green
Brian: Chopin- Nocturnes
Bill Evans- Moonbeams
Brad Mehldau- Elegiac Cycle
Brand X- Xcommunication
Dave Douglas- Magic Triangle
Jim O’Rourke - Halfway to a Threeway
Loose Fur - Born Again in the USA
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Michael Andrews - Donnie Darko Score
James Newton Howard - The Sixth Sense Score
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Nirvana - Nevermind
Paul McCartney - Ram
Radiohead - Live MSG 2006
The Roots - Come Alive
Ryan Adams - Cold Roses/Heartbreaker
Sam Wilson - Green Gates
The Sea and Cake - One Bedroom
Squarepusher - Go Plastic
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Tears for Fears - Big Chair
Terje Rypdal - Descendre
Tony Scherr - Come Around
Tortoise - A Lazarus Taxon
Townes Van Zandt - High, Low and in Between
Tribe Called Quest - Beats Rhymes & Life/Midnight Marauders
Van Halen - 1984
Wayne Krantz - Long to be Loose
Whiskeytown - Faithless Street/Strangers Almanac
Wilco - Summer Teeth

What was it like opening for Robert Earl Keen?

James: Robert Earl Keen is one of my musical heroes, and it was absolutely amazing to get to share the stage with him last month. Its one of those little reality checks you get along the way– If you had told me 5 years ago, when I was milking goats in Waco TX, that I was gonna be on road opening up for REK, I would have said you were sprouting daisies. Its an amazing thing. James Wilson
Sam: It was a blast.. His audience is the perfect blend of folks wanting to get down but also really caring about the music you play. It really makes you want to deliver when the audience is hanging on every line or solo. Seldom does an audience really focus on the world you create on stage. His band also kicks ass. They were all great guys as well. Sam Wilson
Abe: Humbling. He’s one of our all-time favorites—one of those guys who can write a song that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Abe Wilson
Seth: a) An honor b) a great opportunity to reach a lot of people who really liked our stuff c) he gets better catering than us, so that was nice. Seth Green
Brian: I enjoyed the experience. The music was good and the musicians were nice guys. Sometimes that is hard to come by. Looking forward to playing more shows with that band.

What was your favorite tour stop this year so far, and why?

James: I have to say the Windjammer in Isle of Palms SC. Its right on the beach, and the management and crowd are always great to us. James Wilson
Sam: Gosh, maybe the Lincoln theater in Charlotte, NC opening for Shooter Jennings. Its a great club, the crowd was awesome and we just played our hearts out. Sam Wilson
Abe: Probably the Windjammer in Charleston, SC opening for Shooter Jennings. The place was packed and the fans knew how to rock to our rock songs and how to shut up and listen to the slower stuff. That crowd was awesome. Abe Wilson
Seth: It wasn’t this year, but I miss when we used to play this little bar in the mountains of north Georgia called Bigg Daddy’s (there are two g’s because there are two Bigg Daddies). We never brought more than about 15 fans to any of those shows, but the bar staff loved us and we’d just rock out for them and then go party with them in these sweet cabins out in the boondocks. I think they probably lost about $1,000 on us every time we played there. Maybe that’s we stopped going back. Seth Green
Brian: To be honest it is hard for me to pick one stop. I feel that each stop has been an experience. All have been great opportunities. Hard to single out one specifically.

If you were stranded on an island with no one else, but had an unlimited supply of one brand of beer and one brand of whiskey, what would it be?

James: Guinness, Rebel Yell James Wilson
Sam: Jameson and Delirium Sam Wilson
Abe: Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA
George Dickel No. 12
Abe Wilson
Seth: If I was stranded in a cave in the mountains somewhere I’d stock up on George Dickel (8 or 12 year, not the Cascade Hollow shit), but if I was on a desert island I’d have to drink tequila. Given my preference I’d go with Corazon. Patron is way over-rated. Same thing with beer. Sierra Nevada or Newcastle in the piedmont, but something lighter on the island. Being deserted with an unending supply of brass monkey might be the real ticket. Get some vitamin C to fight off the scurvy. Seth Green
Brian: Zazz and more Zazz

If you were only allowed 3 albums on that island, what would they be?

James: Hank Williams – The Ultimate collection/I Saw the Light Townes Van Zandt – Legend Steve Earle – Exit 0 James Wilson
Sam: Tough Question! for repeated listening:
1. Chopin “Nocturnes”
2. Metallica “Master of Puppets”
3. Bill Evans “Waltz for Debby”
Sam Wilson
Abe: Steve Earle, Exit 0
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
John Prine (self-titled)
Abe Wilson
Seth: Mos Def’s “Black on Both Sides” Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” and Nirvana’s “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah”. Of course, back the island thing: I’d get pretty sick of looking at the waves if I couldn’t sneak in “Catch a Fire” now and then. Seth Green
Brian: I think that this Island would be called HELL if I only had 3 albums. Hard to choose. Chopin Nocturnes James Newton Howard - The Sixth Sense score Brad Mehldau - Places

How would you describe Wrinkle Neck Mules to your fans who will be seeing them for the first time on Saturday?

James: An unstoppable juggernaut with rock n’ roll bones, a bluegrass heart, and country skin. James Wilson
Sam: Great songs, sung by great songwriters, played by great players. There is a fair share of joy, heartbreak, grit and tragedy all in a down home way. Sam Wilson
Abe: The Mules are phenomenal. I have a hard time describing them as they really have their own sound. Theyre somewhere between rock and bluegrass if that makes sense. If you dont have all three of their albums, go out and buy them. Abe Wilson
Seth: A rock band that loves bluegrass. Not to mention great, alarmingly subtle, songwriters. Seth Green
Brian: Rock, Bluegrass and Country. Great band, Great songs.

What is the best and worst thing about your hometown of Charlottesville?

James: The best - Its my hometown. You only get one of those.
The worst- The constant influx of northern virginians. Its definitely not the same town my dad grew up in.
James Wilson
Sam: best- autumn in the country at my folks house
worst- the lack of anonymity in a small town. also the increasing self righteousness.
Sam Wilson
Abe: For a town this size we get some of the best music in the world coming through playing venues like the Pavilion, The Paramount, and JPJ. Only problem is there are no 500 1000 seat venues in town for regional and mid-level bands. When Satellite Ballroom closed it really left a void. Hopefully the Jefferson Theatre will fill that void when it opens next year Abe Wilson
Seth: Best: how much music and great food and culture there is in such a nice friendly small town atmosphere. Worst: having a college degree from prestigious major university qualifies you to manage a bagel shop or perhaps work landscaping, not much else. (the job market is a bit saturated) Seth Green
Brian: Best - Good mix of city/country
Worst - running into people you don’t want to run into. heat and humidity. Sound ordinance

What one venue more than any other would you like SOB to play eventually?

James: I’d love to play Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth James Wilson
Sam: One step at a time, but it would be great to do a headlining show at the 9:30 club in front of a sold out crowd. i saw megadeth in ‘97 there and it changed my life. Sam Wilson
Abe: Id say the Ryman in Nashville. From what I hear its the crown jewel of Music City as far as rock venues go. Abe Wilson
Seth: 9:30 Club in DC, as a headliner. I don’t think us opening a show there is very far off, but I dream of the day we could pack that place to the brim with our own show. I saw Gogol Bordello at a sold out show there and it was one the most intense experiences I’ve ever had in public.) Seth Green
Brian: Can’t single one out specifically. Obviously the bigger the better especially if it is packed.


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