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Mike Aiken is an Americana, Country, Roots artist with an ocean view. This songwriter, guitarist and sea captain is originally from rural Western New York, outside of Buffalo. He currently lives aboard his sailboat in Norfolk, Virginia when he’s not on the road or in Nashville. His highly anticipated seventh studio album, WAYWARD TROUBADOUR, released in June 2018, is a follow up to Grammy-nominated CAPTAINS & COWBOYS. On the recording, Mike brings his favorite band (of wayward troubadours) together to help tell the musical stories behind the songs including Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart) on extra guitars, David Roe (Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash) on upright bass and vocal appearances by co-writers Henry Paul (Outlaws, Blackhawk) and Chris P James (Burrito Brothers).
Mike Aiken may have been born in the wrong century. An inner sense of chivalry oozes from every story he tells and every song he sings. Aiken has drawn tales – and hope – from “trail riders, aging rodeo champs, sea captains, Rastafarians and outlaws on the lamb” and crafted an evening of tunes that draws the threads of these independent spirits together. Shows feature tasty playing, sweet harmonies and a video backdrop that highlights the stories behind the songs. You can expect to hear upbeat, rootsy grooves, from slide guitar to honky-tonk piano, percussion and harmony vocals that take you to the heart of a summer jump-up.
“Tall Tales and Troubadours is a tour de force performance…” – Ron Wray, No Depression
“Mike writes songs that are a little closer to the bone.” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard
“A performer loved by all audiences.” – Virginia Arts Council
“The audience hooped and hollered and stomped their feet! With his stories and songs, it was like an old friend singing on your back porch. Mike’s music gave a comfortable classical country feel but with an original edge that kept everyone entertained. “ – Mark McCreary, Ross Ragland Theater
Mike’s stage setup speaks to the kind of musicality he delivers – a On stage with Mike is his wife and musical partner, Amy, whose setup is also unique – snare and hi-hats, congas, rub-board, African gourd and assorted hand percussion. The full band consists of additional band members on upright bass, second guitar, and four-part harmony. Reviews have stated that ‘together they emit an aura of warmth and experience that transfers to the audience.’
Aiken’s love for singing, songwriting and sailing has taken him all over the world. As a songwriter he puts pen to paper and shares his colored and colorful life. As an artist who comes by his stories honestly, Aiken has definitely taken his place among well-respected songwriters and musicians in the Americana and Country communities.
All This and Christmas Concerts Too
Mike’s Almost Christmas Concert combines originals and classics for a unique Americana, Country Holiday concert. Modelled from his Holiday EP ‘Almost Christmas,’ he delivers a signature feel-good event for the season.
Watch the Official Almost Christmas video.