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Songs played or attempted were “Johnny B Goode” and “Hey Jude”.
We learned first hand what it’s like to have an audience “rolling the aisles.”
In 1987, fresh out of high school, I hit the road with the first band that rolled though town. Predictably, I was fired two months later. This is a trend that would repeat itself for the next 6 years.
In 1993, my first album, “Songs From A Northern Town”, is released. I played just over 100 shows.
From 1993 through 1995. the MPB averaged in and around 100-120 shows a year.
Enter Dave Klym and Derek Mazurek.
In 1996, second album, “Jump Back, Kerouac”, is released and our fan base is slowly starting to build. We played just over 120 shows.
In 1997, our third album, “Simplify”, is released and the band starts to sell out shows all over Western Canada. That same year our fourth album, “Song And Dance, Man” is released.
The “Song And Dance, Man” album was a critics top 10 pick of the year along with ‘OK Computer” by Radiohead.
We made our first trip across the Atlantic for a tour of Holland, Belgium and Germany. On New Years Eve we played at Niagara Falls for an estimated 30,000 revelers for the CTV New Years Eve Bash.
We played just north 170 shows.
In 1998, to promote “Song And Dance, Man” we played 221 shows. We made their first trip to Nashville.
In 1999, we continued our breakneck pace by reeling out 249 one nighters.To ring in the New Millennium, we played at the Sidetrack Cafe in Edmonton. That night we knocked out a 62 song set, that lasted 4 hours and 15 minutes.I woke up the next morning shocked to see that the world didn’t end.
In 2000, we hit the road in early January and didn’t get home until early July.
In May we released an EP called “Steel Belted Radio”. We played another 225 one niters all over North America and Europe. Fatigue was setting in. Big time.
Exit Derek Mazurek.
Enter Meck Myers.
In 2001, our sixth album, “Fools For The Radio” is released on September 11th.
We played just a shade over 200 shows. The cracks are starting to show.
In 2002, we stopped our tour schedule almost entirely. On October 25th, in Wakefield Quebec, we walked on stage together for, what we believed would be, the last time. We played a 60 song set that lasts just shy of 4 hours. I woke up the next morning to a whole new reality.
The remaining members of the MPB start a new project called the Populars.
I went home to sleep and ponder my next move.
In 2003, I released a “solo” album called “Table For One”. I played less than 10 shows a year for the next 5 years.
In 2004, I released an album called “Rock And Roll Recordings (Volume 1)”.
In 2004 the Mike Plume Band played one show.
In 2005 the Mike Plume Band played another show.
In 2008 the Mike Plume Band play yet another show and reunite to record the album “8:30 Newfoundland”.
Exit Dave Klym.
Enter Benjamin Wilson.
Enter Jackson Langley.
In 2009 the album, “8:30 Newfoundland” is released followed by an extensive tour of Canada.
Exit Jackson Langley.
In 2010 the songs “8:30 Newfoundland” and “More Than A Game” are featured heavily during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
In 2012, I began to ponder the idea of recording the followup album to “8:30 Newfoundland”. I also reissued my entire back catalog. In March, I wrote a song called “So Long Stompin’ Tom” and played it at his Memorial in Peterborough.
It was the absolute highlight of my “career”.
In June of 2013, we released a new album called “Red And White Blues”.
Enter Ryan Barwin.
Enter Jeff McLeod.
In November, in honour of our Nation’s War Hero’s, I released a song called “On Remembrance Day”. I also began mulling the idea of rerecording my first two albums. So with any luck at all “Northern Town Revisited” and “Kerouac Revisited” will also see the light at some point in the, more than likely, distant future.
The road goes on forever and the party never ends…
Thursday, January 8, 2015
“Writing a song is like building a chair, you can build one in about 5 minutes, and you can sit on it, but you might get splinters. I can write a song in 5 minutes, but by the time I think it’s done it could be a year and a half. I just keep running my hand over it, to see where I get the splinters.”
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