on this tour bus with a hard working band
Sometimes life on the road just gets out of hand.
I need to sail to the islands take a holiday
It’s time to find new tunes and bring them back to play
I’ve got to…Put a little Country in her rock n’ roll
Put a little Jagger in her George Jones
Fire up the horses she’s ready to go
Like a storm out at sea a little out of control.”
When Mike Aiken
needs musical inspiration, he doesn’t have to go far.
There’s no struggling writer’s loft for him; there’s no
pacing the floor, wringing his hands in desperation; there’s
no fatigue or struggle; all he need do is throw an anchor
overboard and point his 42-foot cutter towards the deeper
blue, and, like Jimmy Buffett, changes in latitude bring
changes in attitude. But while this salty seadog may have
the advantages of living the deck board life, his music is a
Aiken is soon to
release his fourth album, Hula Girl Highway. The
sea-faring troubadour once again serves a generous blend of
music made for long glasses with longer straws and shady
hammocks. Aiken, reviewed here in 2007 as a Waitin’ in the
Wings hopeful, is an easy- on-the-ear singer with a writing
flair easily capturing a countrified mood that relates well
to sea and sun. And so it should – the inspiration is just
outside his door!
sailor, introduced at eight to the joys of salt and sea by a
family member, is as capable of singing and writing as he is
at rigging canvas and dropping anchors, having sailed
extensively from his Norfolk, Virginia harbor.
With music as his
major passion, the other two being the adventure of the high
seas and actual sailing, Aiken is firmly planted with this
album, with it’s roots and Americana leanings, all etched
with a hint of rock.
The opening cut
defines the mix. “Jagger and Jones” is a compass point
telling that the best music has elements in both rock and
country camps. And Aiken, again surrounded with a tight
entourage including steel, harmonica, Dobro, washboard and
drums and guitars, has the blend fine-tuned. There’s the
easy restrain of “Love You Tonight”; there’s the artistry of
story and music as played out on “This Here Mandolin”; the
toe-tapping energy of Guy Clark’s “Blowin’ Like A Bandit”, a
warning tale of boats and rough seas; and there’s the
rock-tinged and harmony-fused tale of goodbye honesty,” Down
In Daytona”. For a subtle change of tone and tempo, the
jazzy “Talk To Your Daughter” is a pleasing treasure to
Chart a course. Set
sail. The album is out on Aspirion/Northwest Records.
To order your copy, click here!