The MusicNerd Q&A With Mike Plume

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Last week, the passing of New Brunswick-born Stompin’ Tom Connors elicited a wave of mourning felt from coast to coast. In response this immeasurable loss, Moncton-born, Nashville based roots musician Mike Plume wrote and recorded So Long Stompin’ Tom and posted the video to YouTube.

From the time that the video was posted on Friday March 8 to this past Tuesday, the video had already racked up more than 25,000 views. All monies raised from the single from YouTube and iTunes will be donated to the charities which Connors himself asked for people to donate to in lieu of flowers.

Mike Plume spoke with Here Magazine earlier this week:

Did you grow up listening to Stompin’ Tom?

I remember hearing his music as a kid. My dad and uncles would sing his stuff too. He was just one of those guys whose music always seemed to be around. Heading into a world without Stompin’ Tom is unchartered territory for everyone. For him to pass at 77 is still relatively young by today’s standards but man, he lived a great life and on his own terms.

Over the course of the last week, I’ve heard Connors referred to as Canada’s Johnny Cash. Are you inclined to agree with this?

I’m more of the mind to say Tom was like Canada’s Woody Guthrie. That being said, he wasn’t a far cry from Johnny Cash either. Like Johnny, Tom had a character that was simply larger than life. Many consider Johnny Cash to be like the North Star; Stompin’ Tom was of that same ilk.

How did the invite to perform the song at Stompin’ Tom’s memorial come about?

I sent a copy of the song to my friend Ron Kitchener who runs Open Road Recordings. He in turn passed it onto Tom’s management company who reached out to me about performing the song at the memorial. It has been a dizzying past few days.

Were you floored by the response that the song has been given so far?

I wasn’t even convinced the video would be posted. I figured it would be a song I’d haul out in concert every once in a while. By 10:00 am on Friday, the video had 45 hits which I thought was pretty cool. When I got up on Saturday morning, the video had 6500 views and now we’re well past the 20,000 view mark. It’s mind blowing.