Canadian singer/songwriter Mike Plume fronts his roots-based namesake band, which consists of guitarist Dave Klym, bassist Derek Mazurek, and drummer Ernie Basiliadis. Plume's bandmates are longtime friends, but his first record, 1993's Songs From a Northern Town, was recorded with a session band in Austin, TX. Plume didn't recruit his friends as bandmates until 1996's Jump Back Kerouac; this album won the band an ARIA nomination for Best Pop/Light Rock Artist on Record. Later that year the Mike Plume band released Simplify, an acoustic set that was recorded in under six hours. Touring with groups like Blue Rodeo built the group's following, and their 1998 album Song & Dance, Man won them more fans and awards. The album was released in the U.S. a year later.