New album Lonesome Stretch Of Highway out May 2020


EDMONTON, AB — Edmonton-based Royalty Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Plume. The label will release Plume’s new album Lonesome Stretch Of Highway in May 2020, with the singles “Younger Than We Are Today” and “I’m Your Huckleberry” released to radio and digital service providers in February 2020.

Lonesome Stretch Of Highway finds Plume reborn in many ways. Its nine tracks bear his distinctive mark, but with an added crackling energy that’s a byproduct of hard-won experience. Recorded in his adopted hometown of Edmonton, 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.

Royalty Records president Rob Smith says, “I have been a fan of Mike as a writer, artist and performer for a long time. I am proud to have him working with Royalty and even more proud to say that, I believe we’re releasing the best work of his career to date.”

Having first arrived on the scene in the midst of the alt-country insurgency of the early 1990s, Mike Plume and his loyal band have logged countless miles around the globe, touring with the likes of Steve Earle, The Mavericks, John Hiatt and others, while befriending legends such as Levon Helm and Stompin’ Tom Connors. The lessons he’s learned along the way have left an indelible mark on Lonesome Stretch Of Highway, with songs such as “Younger Than We Are Today,” “I’m Your Huckleberry,” “It’s A Long Way” (featuring The Road Hammers), and “Perfume And Gasoline” destined to take a place among his best-loved tunes.
Plume has long been known for his richly detailed storytelling style and unyielding devotion to rock and roll’s original spirit. That’s all present on Lonesome Stretch Of Highway, powered by Plume’s earthy, uncompromising voice. That combination is proof that one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters remains at the top of his game and is ready to hit that highway again.

More details to come! 

Mike Plume is available for interviews and on-air appearances.

For all enquiries, please contact:

Jason Schneider / jason@jasonschneidermedia.com / 226.500.4865




Blake Reid draws from his deep-seated farm roots to tell his story through music. Coming from a five-generation farm family, Reid has the ability to create diverse tracks while maintaining his innate, homegrown country style.

Consistent with the theme of the entire RUST album, “Cowboys Were Kings” is a look back to when life was simpler.  

Co-written with Buddy Owens and Phil O’Donnell, “We wanted to capture the integrity of the Cowboy and those qualities of hard work and good love, and translate them in today’s life.” explains Blake Reid.

This connection to the rural lifestyle helped spur 4-H to partner with Blake for their centennial celebration. The former 4-H’er will be creating the centennial theme song that captures the spirit of 4-H. 

Highlighting touchstone themes and pulling inspiration from stories told by 4-H members and alumni. Stay tuned for updates on the song and special performances by Blake throughout the anniversary year.” 

As a native of Cremona, AB., Reid uses his rural roots as the driving inspiration for his song writing and is passionate about producing authentic country music and Rust reflects this. With his latest album, Rust, released on Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada, Blake Reid firmly establishes himself as a true workingman’s poet.

Produced by Phil O’Donnell in Nashville and featuring many of the city’s top session players, the album’s 3rd single, “Cowboys Were Kings” showcases Reid’s storytelling gifts. In celebrating the future, while honouring the past, Rust is undeniably Blake Reid’s finest work to date.

UPCOMING DATESJune 11, 2016 – Jamboree for Charity – Calgary Petroleum Club

July 1, 2016 – Canada Day Concert – Cremona, AB

September 9 – 11, 2016 – Country Music Week – London, ON

October 12, 2016 – Arts Northwest Conference – Fox Theatre –  Spokane, WA

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For more information and media inquires, please contact:

Kathryn Hummel

Royalty Records


(416) 712-9375





Amy Metcalfe ft. Tristan Horncastle
“Whiskey Won’t Fix Me”
Written by: Amy Metcalfe & Byron Hill
Produced by: Aaron Goodvin, Bart Butler & Tristan Horncastle

“I started to write this song at Big Valley Jamboree, on my walk towards the outhouses (true story). As I was on my walk, I passed through and by a lot of campsites. So many people were a mess. I’m all for having a good time, but you can always tell the difference between people that party for fun and people that try to disappear for a few days. I wrote the lyrics on my leg with a pen, or rather scratched them on, as the pen wasn’t working. I sang the Whis-key won’t fix-me over and over, so I wouldn’t forget. My friends probably thought I was in space, because I was kind of out of it the whole weekend. I was in a writing trance. I had written a few more lyrics to the chorus like “rum leaves me numb”. But I could just tell it wasn’t becoming what it should.

When I was in Nashville, I took the song to the magical Byron Hill (George Strait, Gary Allen, Gord Bamford) and I played him the chorus I had. He changed my second sub par line and added a better one and then we began to write the verses. We wrote the song in about 45 minutes and I knew it was done! Man he’s good. The song ended up lighter, cute and just a feel good song. Now after we wrote it, I thought to myself, this needs to be a duet, who’s a down to earth, rich voiced country singer that can give the song what I’m envisioning. Tristan Horncastle, that’s who. He sent me a voice memo of him singing it acoustically and I knew it was going to be something great. He did such a great job on this track. We recorded it in Nashville with producers Aaron Goodvin, Bart Butler and engineered by Julian King, who has engineered for artists like Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill’s smash “Breathe” and MANY more. Aaron and Bart brought this song one step further, they delivered such a radio, patio, pontoon friendly jam along song.

For some reason you don’t see a lot of collaborations in Canadian Country Music and I’m so excited to change that”. -Amy Metcalfe



“First listening to the song I was struck by how well written it is….it all begins with that! The second part is the simplicity in the recording that makes the two of you shine as artists. Seeya on the charts!”                         – Ralph Murphy – ASCAP Nashville

“Two minutes and forty-one seconds of 100 Proof Magic! Everything about it sounds like a BIG hit.”              – Byron Hill – Songwriter/Producer/Musician

A great Country duet song about “ Drinkin up the one you Love”… I love it.                                                             – Duane Steele – Singer/Songwriter

“I love it! Seriously, it sounds great and I love the tempo and lyrics…. Their voices work really well together.“- Christie Armstrong – Sakamoto Entertainment 


June 20th, 2015 Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival – Beaumont, AB
June 29th, 2015 Ponoka Stampede – Ponoka, AB
July 9th, 2015 Carman Fair – Carman, MB
July 11th, 2015 Carman Fair – Carman, MB
July 23rd, 2015 – July 29th, 2015 Chengdu International Festival – Chengdu, China
August 1st, 2015 BVJ Songwriters Stage – Camrose, AB
August 15th, 2015 Corporate – Red Deer Golf and Country Club – Red Deer, AB
August 16th, 2015 Ivan Daines Picnic – Innisfail, AB


June 26th, 2015 Bud Country Fever – Grande Prairie, AB
June 28th, 2015 Ponoka Stampede – Ponoka, AB
July 1st, 2015 Draft Bar and Grill – Edmonton, AB

Calgary Stampede Dates:
July 2nd, 2015 7:00pm Wildhorse Saloon  – Calgary, AB
July 3rd, 2015 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm Wildhorse Saloon – Calgary, AB
July 4th, 2015 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm Wildhorse Saloon  – Calgary, AB
July 6th, 2015 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm Wildhorse Saloon  – Calgary, AB
July 7th, 2015 7:30am, 9:00am, 3:00pm, 5:30pm Wildhorse Saloon – Calgary, AB
July 8th, 2015 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 7:30pm – 11:00pm – Bookers Crab Shack – Calgary, AB
July 9th, 2015 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm Wildhorse Saloon – Calgary, AB
July 10th, 2015 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm Wildhorse Saloon – Calgary, AB
July 11th, 2015 Peacefest – Peace River, AB
July 12th, 2015 NASHVILLE NORTH (All Star band Jam)
Aug 8th, 2015 Manitoulin Countryfest – Little Current, ON

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014
Edmonton, AB

Amy Metcalfe recently joined Royalty Records, where she will be a part of a growing roster filled with exceptional talent and be amongst the fresh new music to be released by the label later this year.

Amy hails from Red Deer, Alberta where she spends her time immersed in songwriting and working on her farm. While her music reflects crossover potential, country flows deep, with experience as a horse trainer, daily chores on the acreage and partaking in regular equestrian competitions all across Alberta.

Amy plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and piano and has written over 200 songs. She has worked with some of Canada and Nashville’s top writers including, Grammy Winner Wayne Kirkpatrick, Cindy Morgan, Phil Madiera, Jeremy Bose, Byron Hill, Duane Steele and Rylee Madison.

“I was first introduced to Amy Metcalfe by Stacie Roper (Hey Romeo) at last year’s CCMA’s. From our first meeting, to the subsequent chats we had last fall, I instantly recognized Amy’s passion to her craft as a songwriter, performer and vocalist. As I heard her story of the last couple years and the opportunities she had been presented and turned down, I was drawn to her respect of and dedication to her creative process and integrity of what it means to her. I am honoured to have Amy join our Royalty family and excited for what the future holds for this talented young singer/songwriter. – Rob Smith

Rob and I had been talking since last CCMA’s. I went to Nashville for a couple months in the fall, and when I returned we set up a few more meetings. In this industry I’ve had a few offers and/or scenarios that had a lot of great potential, however I’ve always guarded my creativity and didn’t feel I would have enough creative control. To me, the most admirable artists and singers are the ones that represent something real, and with Royalty I felt that is exactly what I could be. I’m so excited to start this next step in my career and have Royalty alongside me. – Amy Metcalfe

Signed both to a label and publishing deal, this bright multifaceted talent has what it takes to raise the bar in Canadian country music and help steer Royalty into a new direction, alongside other new signings. Keep an eye out for new music coming from Amy Metcalfe this fall!



New follow up to the HIT single”A Little Bit of Alright”

Tristan Horncastle

From the new ALBUM

‘A Little Bit of Alright’

Release date: TUE, MAY 27



Message from Tristan:

“Well it’s finally time for single #2. Soooo excited about this song. It’s a summer song that I am very excited to have had the chance to record. Takes me back to being younger, and that warm summery night feeling. I think it’s a great follow up to my 1st single, “A Little Bit Of Alright”. It’s just me, and I think a lot of people, young or old, can relate to the whole song. It’s that first time kinda feeling, sometimes you never forget.”


Upcoming SHOWS (more to come):

05/30/14 Fredericton, NB – Fredericton Rib Fest

06/27/14 Oromocto, NB – Pioneer Days – Headliner

06/28/14 Minto, NB – Minto Coal Mining Festival – Headliner

07/01/14 Cavendish, PEI – Cavendish Beach Music Festival

08/01/14 Durham Bridge, NB – Nashwaak Music Fest

08/02/14 Grand Lake, NS – Play on the Lake

08/10/14 Port Hawksbury, NS – Headliner

08/15/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/16/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/17/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/18/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/19/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/20/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

08/21/14 Toronto, ON – CNE

09/04 – 07/14 Edmonton, ON – Country Music Week

10/16 – 19/14 Fredericton, NB –  MNB Festival

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Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta



Royalty Records hand picked Blake Reid to add to the label’s roster of new artists to be released this year.

Blake was one of the first 6 artists chosen to participate in the CCMA discovery program in 2013, where he quickly earned his reputation as a quality songwriter, inspired by his deep country roots.

“Everyone at Royalty is excited to have Blake join our family. We’ve been following Blake since last year and saw him perform and the CCMA’s in Edmonton. Blake is deeply embedded in country music and the agricultural community, which clearly inspires his song writing and singing by telling real life stories.” – Rob Smith

Blake Reid comes from a five-generation farm family who staked their claim in 1902, broke the land and made a life in Alberta. Blake grew up with country music, with his mom singing along with all the radio legends that echoed in the old farmhouse and Dad would tune into the daily grain prices. Blake spent thousands of hours listening to the evolution of country music through the AM radios of tractors, trucks, and combines.

Blake’s music is about my life and home. He finds himself drawn to the intimacy of farm life, found down every gravel road outside the city limits. Whether the dirt field beside your road is red, brown, or sandy, Blake believes we all turn our ear toward something real and genuine.

“I’m super excited to be partnering with Royalty Records going forward in 2014 and to begin work on my next record. I’m not going to give out too much info yet, but I will say this record is setting up to be really cool and fresh. Joining the Royalty family and working with Nashville Producer/writer Phil O’Donnell is definitely a big step toward success for my career.” – Blake Reid

Blake Reid hits the studio next month to work with Phil O’Donnell in Nashville and will have new music coming later this year!

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From the DEBUT album ‘Always Something Good’ coming TUESDAY, APRIL 23/13!

“We thought we were done with our record when “Shoestring” came along. It was the last thing we recorded. It seemed to tie everything together (pun definitely intended!) in a cool way. On the surface it’s a hooky love song but when you dig a little deeper into the meaning of it you’ll find more. It’s a story about that one person in your life that completes you – like a shirt without buttons or a shoe without a shoestring we’re not ourselves without the ones we care about most.” – Willie Mack

PERFORMING on-board a cross Canada train from April 09/13 to April 13/13!

DEPARTS from Vancouver & ARRIVES in Toronto!

Train STOPS include:

Tue, April 09: Vancouver, BC [DEPARTS]
Wed, April 10: Kamloops, BC / Jasper, AB / Edmonton, AB
Thu, April 11: Biggar, SK / Saskatoon, SK / Melville, SK / Winnipeg, MB
Fri, April 12: Sioux Lookout, ON / Hornepayne, ON
Sat, April 13: Capreol, ON / Toronto, ON [ARRIVES]



Here is a sample of the new single now at Canadian Country Radio.

The Jeffersons Announce Troubadour Tour

The Jeffersons are getting ready to head out on another tour soon. This time they will be in Alberta and will be joined by Duane Steele, Wyatt Easterling and Jake Matthews.

This is going to be an in-the-round style tour where they take turns singing songs that they’ve written and telling stories about them. This is The Jeffersons favorite kind of show…very intimate..lots of harmony…acoustic. It will be very much like The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

The Jeffersons may even add an early Christmas song or two in the mix since our Christmas album will be ready by then!



September 21, 2012
Windsor, ON

September 22, 2012
Niagara, NY

September 23, 2012
Toronto, ON
Private Performance

with Duane Steele, Wyatt Easterling and Jake Mathews

October 27, 2012
Grande Prairie, AB
Grande Prairie Regional College

October 30, 2012
Bassano, AB

November 1, 2012
Innisfail, AB
The Century Theatre

November 2, 2012
Sherwood Park, AB
Festival Place

November 4, 2012
Camrose, AB
The Bailey Theatre

November 10, 2012
Calgary, AB

November 11, 2012
Jasper, AB
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre