"Cosmic, literate folk rock, with poetic songwriting and passionate performance -- the Milagro Saints brew soulful and funky Americana, with melodies reminiscent of The Band, lyrics in the heritage of Dylan or Neil Young and the passion for performance of the Dead or Traffic. The music is reminiscent of classic 70s rock that combined the pop hooks with the sublime, but also brings a positive message for today. The literate side of the band was honored when they were asked to play in Jack Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of 'On The Road'. Their fifth CD, "warmsoulsunshine" was also just released to strong critical acclaim in the UK and Ireland.
Frontman and primary songwriter for the Milagro Saints is Englishman Stephen Ineson, who originally came to the U.S. for a national tour with TVT recording artists The Jack Rubies. He metLee Kirby and Joyce Bowden in New York City where they formed the Milagro Saints in 1995. All moved to North Carolina where they met up with Smitty, Ed Root, Roberto Morales and David Kaminski for the current lineup.
New England columnist Seth Rogovoy, ('The Beat', 'Berkshire Living Magazine') has characterized the sound of the band as "a timeless fusion of folk and soul music reminiscent of The Band but with distinctive touches all its own."
Rob Forbes (of U.K. online mag Leicester Bangs) described the latest cd as "Pure Cosmic Country Rock" Peter J. Brown of the influential online music review site based in England "Toxic Pete" , wrote of the new release "Stunningly performed and seriously contagious" and AMERICANA U.K. described the album as a "grower, Like ivy, it sits there in the background growing all over you and taking on a life all of its own."
Back in the U.S.A. other folks have proclaimed the music as:
"Raising the standard of modern folk rock"
"striking a note of majesty"
David Menconi, News & Observer, Raleigh NC
and "No Depression" contributor
"Sweet Rugged Folk"
The Tulsa World
SD Ineson with lead vocals and guitars
Lee Kirby on hammond and other keys
Ed Root on drums and background vocals
Roberto Morales on electric guitars and mandolin
Smitty on lap steel
David Kaminski on bass
Guest Musicians include Joyce Bowden on vocals and clarinet, Kevin Bobal on Yidaki (Didjeridoo) and Richard Bowden on fiddle