Song “Two Lane Highway” with Special Guest Henry Paul for New Digital Single, Available on All Platforms
The latest CD, Wayward Troubadour (Northwind Records), has drawn rave reviews and exceptional radio airplay. Amy and I joined forces with renowned performer Henry Paul (Blackhawk, The Outlaws, Henry Paul Band) to create the new single, “Two Lane Highway,” which is available for digital release thru all platforms at https://orcd.co/2lanehwy.
“Two Lane Highway” was written by me and Henry Paul, recorded in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, and included on the Wayward Troubadour album released last year. As a special guest on the recording, Henry Paul played mandolin and sang background vocals along with Amy Aiken.
Wayward Troubadour was the anticipated follow-up to my Grammy-nominated album, Captains & Cowboys (produced by Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites). The band Amy and I put together for Wayward Troubadour included Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart Band) on electric guitars; David Roe on stand-up bass; Amy Aiken on background vocals and percussion; and guest writer Chris P James of The Burrito Brothers.
Henry and I got together in Henry’s studio in Atlanta to write. We started talking about our backgrounds and came to discover we both spent our childhoods in rural New York State. Exploring those memories took us down a literal and figurative ‘two lane highway’ of our memories and where life can take you.
I was lucky to catch Henry in Nashville with four free hours before he boarded his bus and got him in the studio to sing background vocals and a signature, cameo part. Henry Paul has a very distinctive voice that worked really well with mine and Amy’s on the harmonies.
The CD was greeted with universal rave reviews from the media:
“Mike Aiken’s new release is one of those summertime Americana ‘kick back and hang out’ collections perfect to pop in the stereo and launch into the season.” – Americana Highways
“With so much fake country music hogging the airwaves, it’s downright refreshing — like a cool mountain breeze — to hear such a Wayward Troubadour as Mike Aiken.” – Aquarian Weekly
“Mike Aiken delivers an album rooted in traditional country, with moments of Western Swing that will fit very nicely in your summer playlist… These are songs that will have you smiling and head-bobbing and generally feeling carefree. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Just wait until you hear this album.”
– Parcbench.Live – New York City
“Mike is something of a floating John Prine crossed with Ry Cooder.” – Sail Magazine
I had a ball writing Two Lane Highway with Henry Paul. It was something I had wanted to do for quite a while. Icing on the cake was finishing the song the next morning ‘round the kitchen table while Henry made killer pancakes!
Hi-res Mike & Amy Aiken photo by Jeff Fasano: