Like all great singer/songwriters, Mike Plume’s music bears a distinctive stamp. It could be his richly detailed storytelling style, or his unyielding devotion to rock and roll’s original spirit. Or it could just be how his earthy, uncompromising style—often tempered with a sly sense of humour—is impossible to separate from his art.
It’s an approach that Plume has been honing since he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s, and has now reached a new peak with his latest album Lonesome Stretch Of Highway. Recorded in his adopted hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, the album marks Plume’s third collaboration with producer Marek David, and the first time they’ve worked together since 2001’s Fools For The Radio. For a lot of us that may seem like a lifetime ago, and indeed for Plume and members of his band who have been with him for nearly three decades, the crackling energy of Lonesome Stretch Of Highway signifies a rebirth in many ways.
Three chords and the truth has become a cliché in the music industry—but there’s a reason. Artists who have adhered to that principle are generally the ones whose bodies of work are consistently revisited. With a baker’s dozen of acclaimed releases under his belt, Mike Plume definitely belongs in that exalted company.
Lonesome Stretch Of Highway may be regarded by some as a fresh start for Plume, but for others it is reassurance that one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters is still at the top of his game.