– In March of 1985, at the age of 16, Plume picks up a guitar for the first time and sets off on the lifelong road of learning how to play it.
– In December of 1985, at the Bonnyville Centralized High School “Christmas Concert”, Ernie Basiliadis (15 years old) and Plume(17 years old) play their very first gig.
What they lacked in talent, they made up for in sheer volume.
Songs played or attempted were “Johnny B Goode” and “Hey Jude”.
They learned first hand what it’s like to have an audience “rolling the aisles.”
– In 1987, fresh out of high school, Plume hits the road with the first band that rolled though town.
For next 6 years, He roams all over Western Canada, averaging 300 shows a year, in various cover bands and as a folk singer / pub entertainer.
He slowly learns how to read a crowd.
– In 1993, Plume releases his first album, “Songs From A Northern Town”.
The first of many variations of the Mike Plume Band began to take shape.
They play just over 100 shows.
From 1993 through 1995 the MPB averaged in and around 100-120 shows a year.
– In 1996, second album, “Jump Back, Kerouac”, is released and their fan base is slowly starting to build.
– In 1997, the third album, “Simplify”, and fourth album “Song and Dance, Man” are released and the band starts to sell out shows all over Western Canada.
The “Song And Dance, Man” album was a critics top 10 pick of the year along with ‘OK Computer” by Radiohead.
“Simplify” sells almost 18,000 copies while, “Song and Dance, Man” went on to sell 25,000 units off the stage.
MPB make their first trip across the Atlantic for a tour of Holland, Belgium and Germany.
In 1997, the band play just shy of 170 shows finishing on New Years Eve at Niagara Falls where they played for an estimated 30,000 revellers for the CTV New Years Eve Bash.
– In 1998, to promote “Song And Dance, Man” they plays 221 shows.
In March of ’98 they make their first trip to Nashville.
They also make their second trip to Holland, Belgium and Germany, playing 16 shows in 16 cities in 14 days.
Yes, you read that correctly.
– In 1999, they continued their breakneck pace by reeling out 249 one nighters.
To ring in the New Millennium, the band plays 62 songs in one 4 hour and 15 minute set at the Sidetrack Cafe in Edmonton.
– In 2000, they hit the road in early January and played another 225 one nighters all over North America and Europe.
In May we released an EP called “Steel Belted Radio”.
In November the band ended the “Song and Dance, Man” tour at just over 800 shows and started recording the “followup” album.
– In 2001, MPB’s sixth album, “Fools For The Radio” is released on September 11th.
The band played just a shade over 200 shows.
– In 2002, MPB chose to roll back their touring schedule.
On October 25th, in Wakefield Quebec, the band walked on stage together for, what they believed could be, the last time.
They played a 60 song set that hits the 4 hour mark.
– In 2003, Plume releases a “solo” album called “Table For One”.
He plays less than 10 shows a year for the next 5 years.
– In 2004, see the release of an album called “Rock And Roll Recordings (Volume 1)”.
– In 2008 the MPB walked into a studio in Nashville Tennessee and recorded the album “8:30 Newfoundland”
– In 2009 the album, “8:30 Newfoundland” is released followed by an extensive tour of Canada.
The first single “This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)” cracked the Top 20 on CMT and to date has just shy of a quarter of a million Youtube hits.
– In 2010 the songs “8:30 Newfoundland” and “More Than A Game” are featured heavily during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
– In 2013, after the death of Stompin’ Tom Connors, Plume writes a song called “So Long Stompin’ Tom”.
The song went viral and Plume is invited by the Connors family to sing the song at Stompin’ Tom’s Memorial in Peterborough.
To date, has more than 200,000 unique Youtube hits.
In June, MPB released a new album called “Red And White Blues”.
In December, we record and release a Holiday album called “Back Home For Christmas”.
– In 2016, Plume and his wife Jenny and their daughter Ruby move back home to Edmonton.
– In 2017, the idea of recording a new Plume album begins to take hold.
Plume decides that the MPB will only truly ever be Dave Klym, Derek Mazurek, Ernie Basiliadis and Plume.
The new lineup consisting of Ernie Basiliadis, Benjamin Wilson, Jenny Orenstein, Ryan Barwin and Jeff McLeod become known as the “SongHarvesters”.
In October the Mike Plume and the SongHarvesters get together in Edmonton and start recording their followup to “Red and White Blues”.
In November in honour of our Nation’s War Heroes, Plume releases a song called “On Remembrance Day” featuring his wife Jenny and their daughter Ruby on backing vocals.
– In 2018 will see the release of a brand new Plume album as well as ratcheting up his tour touring schedule.
– In 2019 the original MPB lineup (Derek, Dave, Ernie and Mike) will record a new album.
As he says in his song “Bullet From A Gun”, he’s old enough to know better and young enough not to care.