"...Gorgeous, soul-soothing batch of back-parlor picking, devil-may-care ditties, and high lonesome, love-lost-to-the-trail tales....dribbles of Eddie Vedder's laconic delivery, shooters of Gram Parsons ancient soul-wisdom, and the genius-laden, inebriated schoolroom rowdiness of Robert Polard."
"Fans of Bob Dylan and Spider John Koerner will find John Swardson's Ablaze to be an irresistable treat."
"A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."
"The guy and his guitar has been done to death, but every so often something new comes along and demands that people take notice...by then end of the set you'll find yourself wanting more. It's easily accessible while not having been constructed out of easily identifiable, recycled material."
"Sweetly simple, yet achingly sincere, Swardson has mastered the art of tugging at the listener's heart strings while maintaining a masculine stride. It's a tricky balance between soft and hard, sweet and strong, but Swardson seems to walk the line with ease."