David Thier

First Listen: Sons of Bill's 'Love and Logic'

By David ThierSouthern SoundsSeptember 23, 2014

They’re called the Sons of Bill, because that’s what they are: Abe, James, and Sam Wilson, the three sons of William Wilson, a Professor Emeritus of Literature and Theology at the University of Virginia. The Charlottesville, Virginia-based band, made up of the Wilson brothers, Seth Green, and Todd Wellons, formed in 2005, but started getting national and international attention with their 2012 album, Sirens

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NOLA's Dat Dog

By David ThierGood EatsJune 7, 2013

For the past two years or so, New Orleans has been gripped by hot dog fever, thanks largely to one expanding Crescent City wiener empire. 

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What We're Listening to: Sons of Bill

By David ThierSouthern SoundsFebruary 4, 2013

I first heard James Wilson on a burned CD that a friend of his gave me. I found one track, right at the end, “Savannah Rain.” It was a punishing song, small and sad with a rising, strained chorus that somehow made me romanticize long drives on the Savannah city limits even more than I already did. It was one of those times when you feel embarrassed for feeling like it’s about you, but you feel that way just the same

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Louisiana's Popcorn Rice

By David ThierGood EatsDecember 20, 2012

You can tell a good grain by its smell. The flavors in something so basic are subtle enough that that they travel the air better than the tongue. There’s no mistaking popcorn rice. The gourmet would say that popcorn rice has a strong, nutty aroma almost like basmati or jasmine. Someone else would say that, yeah, it definitely smells like popcorn.

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