About

Wildfire Poets is a new musical collective/band founded by Kevin Michael Thompson. The band features an ever-growing and revolving roster of songwriters, singers, and musicians. Frequent collaborators include Steve and Eli Hartsoe (Steve Hartsoe and the Beacon Souls, London Down), Jeff Severt (Old State Travelers), as well as several session players from around the world.

 

Kevin Michael Thompson is a North Carolina based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music is a weathered and worn blend of Americana, country, blues, rock, and gospel. His songs have appeared on the television shows Pawn Stars, American Pickers, What Not to Wear, and many more. 

Kevin’s songs sound both fresh and familiar at the same time. He accomplishes this by embracing his musical roots and influences but refusing to be limited by them. Instead, he uses his influences and a spirit of experimentation as a starting point and fine-tunes the initial creative spark into songs that 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. 

His latest 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. 

Kevin fronts Wildfire Poets as well as the acoustic, Americana band, Old State Travelers.