Royal Wade Kimes
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Royal Wade Kimes

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SNOW (2005)
A DYIN' BREED (2002)
A DYIN' BREED - Limited Edition (2002)
IN MY LAND (2002)



Royal Wade Kimes spent a decade as a professional songwriter in Nashville writing tunes for Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio, Gene Watson and others, before he released his debut album, ANOTHER MAN'S SKY, in 1996 on Ayslum Records. Before he launched a music career, Kimes -- a descendent of Ozark Mountain bank robbers -- worked as a ranch hand for Loretta Lynn. A chance meeting with "The Tennessee Plow Boy" Mr. Eddy Arnold helped him land his job as a songwriter in Nashville. Kimes was approached by Joe Mansfield at Ayslum Records in regards to a record deal. He was signed and immediately gained control of the dance scene with a top ten dance record across the nation. To follow was a top ten video "Another Man's Sky" title track to the album, the video would recurrent not once but twice. Garth Brooks said "The World Needs To Hear This Guy." It seems GB knew what he was hearing when he co-wrote "Bury The Hatchet" with Royal Wade.
Who could predict what would follow from the Ayslum days. Royal Wade heads out on the trail of western country, which brings us to who he really is. RWK is a real live cowboy who can ride, rope and brand em on the cowboy side and tell of it in his songs he writes. He covets a vocal with golden richness. It hasn't gone unnoticed, Royal Wade has taken home 2 Will Rogers awards for his efforts, was named best album by TRUE WEST magazine in 05 (Cowboy Cool) and XM radio called his "Strikin' Matches" one of the top 2 albums of the year in 06 on channel 10 America.
In recognition of his music and what it means to the rodeo cowboy Royal Wade was presented with a Golden Buckle given to him by the extreme bullriders and rodeo attitude organizations. RW found himself on the front cover of True West magazine in 2007 and was informed by Country Weekly magazine that he was the first and only recording artist to grace the cover of that magazine in its 54 year old history, quite an accomplisment.
One thing that may have helped Kimes get to where he is might just be his approach to the music he makes to begin with.
His take on the music.
“Don’t let me get this so clean I lose the feel." Maybe that is the key to a true 'out of the ordinary' recording artist, RW brings style and emotion with his music.

Garth Brooks and Royal Wade are without a doubt good friends, they wrote "Bury The Hatchet together and then GB appeared on Royal Wade's record with a song called “Night Birds” (a track from Kimes’ A DYIN' BREED release. The fact that Garth Brooks would pair up on Royal Wade's record speaks volumes, RW is real, and he's got that magical ingredient it takes to be set apart from the pack. In fact Royal Wade Kimes has been tabbed by the industry and the public as the 21st century Marty Robbins. His music is western, it is cowboy and it is real.
There are many wanna-be's in Nashville wearing hats and buckles but Kimes has the edge on them, he has lived it, he writes and sings it, all others would have to guess at it.

Kimes has a now fast-growing seven album collection out there. Kimes doesn’t cobble an album together; rather, his collaborative works comes as keen stories, which keep the listener hooked. It’s a balance that needs applause and recognition. There are no short cuts of chasing a potential hit or snagging CMT exposure, Kimes isn’t about the quick clutch at fame; his style is passionate, caring and focused – he’s a long hauler, one who loves the journey rather than the destination.
Strikin' Matches Kimes newest record proves just that.

Stoked with 13 tracks, the album touches emotions, heals hurts, and brings into play the real need to embrace patriotic values; and, oh, there’s also the customary appearance of raging bulls and bad dudes with guns. One of the country music’s emerging lights, Kimes in his textured and expressive voice shares the cowboy way through reality-driven glimpses of life, love, and the view atop a hard saddle.

“Yeah, I’ve always been a cowboy,” says Kimes in a 2004 interview, “I don’t remember not wearin’ cowboy boots, and I rodeod for years. What my music is,” explains the singer who, years back, spent his first night in Nashville parked in his pickup at Shoney’s with a shotgun for protective company, “it’s country with cowboy attitude. I don’t write that tumbleweed stuff.”

And true to his word, there’s no filler, fluff or throwaways here. From the opening homage of “I Come To Dance” (dedicated to Chris Ledoux & Sheb Wooley), on to the final cut “I’ve Got Your Back”, Kimes delivers with tunes that move you in ways other than dancing. “Faster Gun”, with its made-for-movin’ shuffle, is so typical of Kimes’ writing style. He cloaks his story line around cowboy imagery, but shares the broader simile of needed preparation to meet life’s obstacles as the subtle undertone.

Tracks like “No Use”, ‘Dancin’ With You Again”, Bad Luck Is Gone” and the sad ache of “Danny Play”, against its somber and moody trumpet solo, a