Royal Wade Kimes
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Royal Wade Kimes
Royal Wade Kimes
Royal Wade Kimes[1]
Born (1951-03-04) March 4, 1951 (age 67)[2]
Chester, Arkansas[1]
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals
Labels Asylum, Wonderment

Royal Wade Kimes (born March 4, 1951 in Chester, Arkansas) is an American country music singer.


Kimes worked at his father's sawmill until his father encouraged him to move to Nashville, Tennessee, which he did in 1983. He also worked at Loretta Lynn's dude ranch and later began recording demos through the encouragement of Eddy Arnold. Kimes also wrote the cut "We Bury the Hatchet" on Garth Brooks' album Ropin' the Wind, and signed with Asylum Records in 1996. The label released the single "Leave My Mama Alone",[1] followed by his debut album Another Man's Sky.[3]Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three stars out of five, saying that it had "uneven material" but that Kimes's voice had "gravelly conviction".[4]

Following it was the album's title track, which was made into a music video.[5] The album's third single, "Guardian Angel", received a positive review in Billboard, which called it "country to the core" and praised Kimes as a "talented songwriter".[6] After Kimes left Asylum, he began recording for Wonderment Records. Kimes charted at number 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated January 3, 2004 with "Mile High Honey".[2]



Title Album details
Another Man's Sky
A Dyin' Breed
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Wonderment Records
Cowboy Cool
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Wonderment Records
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Wonderment Records
Hangin' Around the Moon
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Wonderment Records
Strikin' Matches
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Wonderment Records
How the West Was Sung
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Wonderment Records
White Light
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Wonderment Records
Crossing the Roads
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: Wonderment Records
A Proud Land
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Wonderment Records


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
1996 "Leave My Mama Out of This" -- Another Man's Sky
1997 "Another Man's Sky" --
"Guardian Angel" --
2002 "There Ain't Enough Miles" -- A Dyin' Breed
2003 "Night Birds" (with Garth Brooks) --
"Mile High Honey" 60
2004 "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" -- Cowboy Cool
"Feelin' Stud" --
2006 "I've Got Your Back" -- Strikin' Matches
2011 "I'm an Ole Song" -- Crossing the Roads
"500 Miles Away from Home" --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Title Director
1997 "Another Man's Sky" Norry Niven


  1. ^ a b c Price, Deborah Evans (September 28, 1996). "Sky's the Limit for Royal Kimes". Billboard: 33, 35. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 225. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Royal Wade Kimes biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Another Man's Sky review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ "Production notes". Billboard: 84. June 14, 1997. 
  6. ^ "Single reviews: Country". Billboard: 75. June 28, 1997. 

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