Wildfire Poets are a North Carolina based musical collective founded by singer and songwriter Kevin Michael Thompson. Their music is a weathered and worn blend of rock, country, blues, and folk. Wildfire Poets sound both fresh and familiar at the same time. The band accomplishes this by embracing their musical roots and influences but refusing to be limited by them. Instead, they use these influences, and a spirit of experimentation, as a starting point and fine-tune the initial creative spark into songs that often blur the lines between genres. The result is front and center vocals underscored by a current of rich sonic textures mixed with vintage tones and colors.
Frontman, Kevin Michael Thompson has an extensive background as a solo artist. His songs have appeared on the television shows Pawn Stars, American Pickers, What Not to Wear, and many more. His latest solo album, Ghosts From Two Towns Over, delves deep into the wells of Americana music. The songs on the album range from the alt-country of Confessions, The City, and Clara (It’s A Good Life), to the vintage soul of Violet, and Better Than Before to the folksy, My Oh My, My Oh Me and the gypsy-rock of, Among The Thieves.
His previous album, Good News in These Bad Times, was a tip of the hat to some of the gospel albums he grew up loving. The title was inspired by a sermon by the late Reverend S.M. Lockridge and set the tone for gospel theme of the album. Highlights include the soulful, Nail Scarred Hands, the plaintive, I Believe, Help My Unbelief as well as several reworked hymns such as, O Love Divine What Hast Thou Done and Holy, Holy, Holy.