REVIEW MARCH 2024

Right Chord Music - (some key parts below)

"The boat was capsized, I was left swimming in the open sea…’ opens ‘Come In From The Rain’ by Stevie Jones and The Wildfires. Don’t be alarmed – we’re not entering a climate crisis here, this is a sea of the emotional kind. For when work doesn’t reward and dreams seem hopeless, Stevie Jones and The Wildfires have this song to remind us to keep going. 

The production combines retro pads, good-time rock guitars, stomping beats, and chugging bass. With its power chords, solid vocal harmonies and a tight guitar solo, this track owes plenty to classic acts like Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and REM. It’s a tune that goes down easy and a strong addition to any radio rock playlist.”

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RADIO JANUARY 2024

12-01-24 Appeared on Shoetown Sounds on the local music show on NLive Radio hosted by Rachel Thomas. In depth interview and I played a couple of live acoustic tracks too.

 

 

REVIEW JANUARY 2024

"Topping the bill was a band we all know and love... Stevie Jones and The Wildfires. Hard to categorize them, other than filing them under "Stevie Jones".
Stevie is a natural performer and always delivers a high class performance, tonight being no exception. His song writing is always interesting, covering a good number of themes, and at times challenging... Tonight the set included a a fine song originally a personal mantra to keep going, never give up... ending unless I am mistaken with a touch of Bob Marley... partly a personal song but dedicated to friends in Ukraine.
Stevie is a really fine songwriter and performer and The Wildfires are a terrific band, featuring a father and son duo (Bob and Alfie) on bass and guitar respectively and a drummer (Dave) who work together and with Stevie to perfection.
Stevie has over 40 years experience playing music and is still one of the hardest working musicians on the scene... an enduring talent who has excelled in a host of genres... I guess I'd categorize him as a great acoustic singer/songwriter performing his great songs with a really great band."
 
Rich Wakefield, Facebook, audience member review
The Musician, Leicester 05-01-24
 

REVIEW DECEMBER 2023

Fatea Magazine - Review by Marc Higgins (some key parts below)

"False Gods" is a superb song, with some dusty distant Americana backing vocals and a touch of the indie Manic Street Preachers on its intense delivery. If this was on a Manics or Stereophonics album then everyone would be playing it and singing it's praises. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, theres a couple of inventive false endings and a raging finale that I'm sure is amazing live.

"Clarity In Dusk" is an emotional but reflective Folk Rock number with strident violin from Steve Marlow contrasting the majestic Floydian guitar flourishes. Dave Carter's sensitive piano on the fade and the almost Prog keyboard strings on the excellent "Eras" shows this is a band overflowing with ideas. "Gone But Not Forgotten" is a pastoral protest song wrapped in an infectious tune and chorus, classic to the last.

“Steve Jones and The Wildfires are an interesting, intelligent band, they can rock like the best of them like a radio-friendly Nickleback, but there is also thought, breadth, and depth to their music. Surely going places if they can get to enough ears”.

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REVIEW DECEMBER 2023

Review by David Pearson from Spirit of Progressive Rock

"This is the third studio album by the East Northants alternative rock band, featuring frontman Stevie Jones, the main songwriter. With seeds of the songs sown during Covid times, those songs, together with newer full-band ones were finalised at Deadline Studio Leicester in early 2023 with producer Adam Ellis.

Topically the album covers a range of subjects including solace in nature, romance, domestic abuse, reflection on ageing and loss, and the current threat posed to the environment by the rapid overdevelopment of the countryside. Musically it takes you on a journey through a variety of different genres. There’s a raw alt-folk rock honesty (New Model Army, Levellers) but also a melodic Americana influence in the guitar-led songs (Ryan Adams, Tom Petty). And for those of us proggers, maybe even the slightest element of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson in some of the more progressive rock moments. In short, it is a strong album and a solid body of work, worth checking out. Solid."

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