“..one of the hardest working musicians I know and a man absolutely dedicated to his craft. ”
— Kevin Buxton, Kontraroots
Stevie Jones is an independent acoustic-based singer songwriter based in Northants, UK with a career spanning four decades across a number of genres with influences and parallels touching everything from Counting Crows and Ryan Adams to New Model Army and The Clash.
He began his musical path as bassist/lyricist in 80's Kettering post punk trio Voices Of Sin. Witnessing Justin Sullivan and Billy Bragg perform solo live inspired him to go alone - switching to acoustic; busking and playing floor spots at local folk clubs. He spent time in Germany in the duo Acres Wild extensively gigging and in Dublin, soaking up the city’s vibrant open mic scene. Back in the East Midlands in 2000 he began a close musical partnership with guitarist Mark Gill, and over a decade they built up a reputation as a solid acoustic/rock act playing festival slots including Summer Sundae and Big Session, sharing bills with the likes of Ian McNabb, The Levellers, Show Of Hands and Macy Gray
The full band Stevie Jones and The Wildfires soon took priority - releasing two studio albums; 2018’s 'Angels and Sirens' and the 2015 debut 'Stratigraphic Heart'. With an edgier rock direction they have received airplay on Planet Rock, played at HRH Crows 2019 and continue to gain favourable reviews. Stevie still also performs solo playing original or 60s-90s classic Cover Sets - often with Rob Matheson as duo The Waltzers . He also continues to occasionally host gigs and events under the banner of Wildfire Sessions.
A new solo acoustic album 'Come In From The Rain', written mainly during lockdown, is out now.
“...you get Stevie's raw vocals and Mark's acoustic guitar flourishes meeting to produce some minor key fireworks. Perfect for fans of rootsy music by the likes of John Mayer or Counting Crows.”
— Phil Moore, New Boots Magazine