“The arrival at the new sound is also “home” for now – a real down-to-earth rock record that inspires a second, third, and fourth listen. Is it deep? Yes…but, can I understand it -also, yes! For me, that’s the very essence of rock and roll – it’s both relatable and emotionally challenging at the same time.”
“Wilkinson possesses a rich bass-baritone, and does something rare in music — he enunciates his lyrics. His band also kicks major fanny, as evidenced by the Green on Red-like number “Highway Sign,” which rolls in just the manner its title implies. Meanwhile “What Could Go Wrong” is sort of like what might have happened if The Clash covered a Joe Walsh tune when he wasn’t half in the sauce. Mmmm. Good fixins!”
"the band's muscular delivery suggests less a razor than a blunt instrument. The band's new sophomore album, Home, offers earnest, straightforward American rock’n’roll.
"Berg's music was performed by the Wilkinson Blades with guest vocalists, and all concerned did a stellar job: These aren't easy songs to play, and it took multiple singers to approximate the piercing timbre of Berg's original vocals. Then the night wrapped up with an all-musicians-onstage reprise of "Fall Off the Wagon" that encapsulated the crowd's sheer affection and regard for one of their own who lost his way."
“Top 9 albums for 2012 "Steve’s deep, rich baritone could easily pass for that of the National’s Matt Beringer. But to these ears, early Neil Diamond comes to mind."”
"Portland alternative rockers produce the perfect debut album. So I’m gonna shut the fuck up and let the math do the talking and award 4:00 AM what is only my second ever 5-star review on this website. There is a spark of magic in this album. I can’t put my finger on what it is, but it’s there and it makes me smile every time I listen to it. So for the love of God. Please. I’m fucking begging you. Go out and buy this record cos this band deserve to be fucking massive."
“Three Portland acts are joining forces to raise money at the Imagine More! concert for the nonprofit Artichoke Music: Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band won a 2015 Blues Music Award; The Cabin Project is an all-female orchestral indie pop band; and Wilkinson Blades features Portland music veteran Steve Wilkinson.”
"In the Wilkinson Blades we have windswept Americana at it’s finest. It’s the sound of the people. The sound of the heartland."
“Lisa Mann, Wilkinson Blades and The Cabin Project take stage for Artichoke Music.”
"Wilkinson Blades’ whole album shows a well-rounded sound that pays homage to a rich musical past which doesn’t fail to acknowledge a hard-earned respect and standing in the state’s scene. You can tell that production was a particularly relaxed process – no anxiety or angst, or any expectation of overall sound. If there’s any angst, maybe it’s in the song ‘Wishing I’d Never Known You‘ – that familiar sound of letting go of regret. And yet the album has flow."
"4:00 AM is 11 songs of alcohol soaked, twang infused rock 'n' roll that owes as much to Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Mellencamp as it does Uncle Tupelo."
" Dripping with psychedelic overtones and trippy, ethereal vocals, Wilkinson sounds as if he could be the long lost brother of Jim Morrison. " "Wilkinson said he wanted to make a record that he could be proud of and play for his friends, and that goal was reached with 4 AM. The eleven tracks draw you into his musical world and take you on a short journey. You get a good vision of his life, where he is from and where he is going, and by the end can’t help rooting for Steve Wilkinson."
“Wilkinson is an undeniably talented songwriter and musician in the Americana mould...As his new band begin to gel even more on the road and refine which aspects of their sound work best, it bodes very well indeed for future releases.”
“Lead singer Steve Wilkinson comes off as a countrified version of Billy Idol. His vocals have that snare to them as in the opener "No Exit" and "Holding Me Down." The songs on this album have very seventies, Rolling Stones-type country rocker as displayed on "No One" and "It Might Hit Me."”
"The music is quite professional sounding and really well put together considering the band members were not all present for the recording sessions (their pieces were recorded at another location and mixed in). The vocals are gruff and sexy and the lyrics are interesting."
"Steve Wilkinson is quite the shape shifter and an impressive song writer to boot. He’s had a good deal of practice, traveling and playing with other bands and working on other projects. This time Wilkinson takes centre stage and shows his practice has damn near made perfect. His music is subtle and lovingly formed."
"In keeping with the diversity factor, the remainder of 4:00A.M. speaks well for Wilkinson’s capabilities as both composer and vocalist, with the straight ahead country of Holding Me Down, the irony of Sunshine Now and the matter of fact self-depreciation of Crippled Mind each contributing with equal impact to the proceedings....To be certain, with 4:00A.M., Wilkinson has produced a collection that stands on both its own merits and its creator’s terms, with just the right balance of accessibility and distance to at once sustain interest and challenge both the hardcore and casual observer."
"the Portland rock act Wilkinson Blades, who will be in Austin in support of their 11-song album 4 AM, which will be released in association with the Portland-Austin music company Shiftone Records. Portland writer Chris Dorr says, “4 AM is a richly evocative and layered album, ruminating on past pleasures and loves, but firmly looking toward a bright future. An excellent slice of fine American songcraft.”
"I often wake up at that time of day," he says. "It's very sobering. You're very lucid and aware of reality."
“Preview and pictures of our record release show at Secret Society Ballroom.”
“Ninkasi Showcse at SXSW 2012”
“Burgerville cranks up the local music scene”
“Steve Wilkinson to hold court at Portland’s Crystal Hotel”
“About Steve Wilkinson”
“Burgerville Radio is on the air”