Born and raised in Arkansas during the time of outlaws and roughnecks, Royal Wade Kimes grew up hearing stories about his mother's family running with Pretty Boy Floyd and his father's family cavorting with Ma Barker and Bonnie and Clyde. Kimes learned from a young age how to survive and thrive in the Wild West. At age 12, Kimes was thrown in a saddle to run cattle on
thousands of acres of land across the untamed border country between Oklahoma and Arkansas. His Dad taught him to hunt and shoot, which instilled in Kimes a sense of freedom and an appreciation for the great outdoors.
This rough, colorful and open background is the inspiration for Kimes' music today. From his music to his mindset, it is evident that Kimes is the real deal --
he lives the cowboy way of life. Discovered and tutored by the great Eddy Arnold, Kimes is an accomplished songwriter who penned the platinum hit "Bury the Hatchet" for Garth Brooks as well as hits for Diamond Rio, Gene Watson and many others. A self-proclaimed "traditional artist who writes even more traditional music," Kimes' lyrics conjure up hard-clay images of wild horses, lost loves and
humble cowboys -- the kind of raw, unashamed songs that pick at the soul and make the heart hurt. Kimes vocals are sometime lonely, sometimes tough, but always solid and to the point. Weaving his haunting tales of the West, Kimes music has a sense of openness that allows the listener to wander through his world.
A two time winner of the Academy of Western Artist's Will Rogers Award, Kimes latest release, the acclaimed "Cowboy Cool," was voted one of the top 5 CDs of 2004 and continues to receive top reviews from publications like True West Magazine and Country Music People. "I'm a Cowboy," which appears on "Cowboy Cool," debuted at #1 on Power Source Magazine's Western Chart for July 2005. On Kimes' CD, "A Dyin' Breed," he is joined by pal Garth Brooks on the sultry hit,"Night Birds," which went top 40 in the states and #1 in Europe.
His newest effort, SNOW, comes just in time for the holidays. Not since Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, has anyone done these Christmas classics justice like RWK. His version of "White Christmas" will bring tears to your eyes and his original holiday tune, "Mistletoe" is soon to be a new Christmas classic. AS RWK puts it, "I hope this CD will let you turn off the world for a while and get back to a place you didn't know you still had." Enjoy all 10 tunes and get copies for those special people on your holiday list. They make great gifts. Have a Merry Christmas!
Check out the artist's website:
1. White Christmas
2. What Child is This
3. Pretty Paper
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5. Silent Night
6. Blue Christmas
7. Silver Bells
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Away In A Manger