An Authentic American Cowboy Site
Royal Wade Kimes
The Cowboy Rides is honored to offer the art and music of Royal Wade
Kimes, two-time recipient of the Academy of Western Artist’s Will
Rogers Award and the 2005 Best Alternative Album by True West
Magazine for his COWBOY COOL album (Wonderment Records). As taken
from his website, he is "..One of country western music's emerging
lights,… his textured and expressive voice shares the cowboy way
through reality-driven glimpses of life, love, and the view atop a hard
saddle." Mr. Kimes says it best about his own brand of music, "it's
country and western with cowboy attitude. I don't write that
tumbleweed stuff."

Kimes "…is a real-life generational throwback to Ozark mountain bank
bustin' bandits. He's been a ranch-hand for Loretta Lynn, is a product of
the late, great Eddy Arnold, and counts Garth Brooks as a mate after
collaborating with him on "We Bury the Hatchet" (Brooks’ ROPIN’ THE
WIND, 1991) and recording the duet "Night Birds" (Kimes’ A DYIN'
BREED, 2008) with him. While many wannabes around Nashville strut
their stuff under a wide brim and a fat buckle, hoping to steal fame by
singing about what they don't know, Kimes has no such pretense. This
cowboy has sat tall in the saddle, seen the vastness of the range, roped
and chased breakaway steers; he's ridden the trails, taken the falls, in
the truest sense of the term, and survived. He's real. He's country."

Giving the term "artist" a run for its money,
Royal Wade is also a talented songwriter,
composer, producer, singer, entertainer, and
horse trainer. In his spare time, Royal Wade
creates original artwork and fine jewelry

Get to know the man by his wares;
you’ll be glad you did.