James White & The Wild Fire
James White & The Wild Fire are a part Country, part Americana, part Bluegrass and part Indie band based in Saffron Walden. They are James White on guitar and vocals, Ed Goldsmith on banjo, Lee Dorrington on cajon and Brooke Bond on the double bass all from Saffron Walden.
They emerged from the ashes of James White's solo music career which saw him have a Top 10 UK Downloads hit in 2019, three European tours as well as being nominated as an emerging talent by Glastonbury Festival in 2017.
The EP called 'Making Tracks', was recorded in September 2020 during the brief lifting of restrictions and the Saffron Hall show will be only our second show since February 2020. The EP was recorded at Bookmatch Studios in Cambridgeshire. It features four songs and will be available on all major online stores
'Don't Look Back' has a banjo harmonica combo that creates a lively yet laid back sounding opener with Jame's vocals giving this a raw and stripped back feel.
'Take Me Home' brings us a real southern porch opening with banjo before cajon and harmonica lift the whole track to a more foot tapping head bobbing tune that has a wonderful bounding quality.
'Where Did You Sleep Last Night' is a cover of the Leadbelly classic made famous by Nirvana during their MTV uplugged show. An excellent rendition of a great track.
'Whitehouse Road' brings to a close this EP with another lively and upbeat number, again with a real deep down south vibe that will have those feet tapping.
Although only 4 tracks long, this EP 'Making Tracks' is a great introduction to the band. The way it is produced is stripped back and raw and you really can imagine listening to them play this live in your living room. I like the vulnerability of the recording which leaves no where to hide and no distortion to hide behind.
This is an interesting release and makes me look forward to more from them in the future.
TFM gives 'Making Tracks' a solid 8.5/10, an exciting and insightful debut from these guys.