apapbw-275x300Mike Aiken’s new video, “Virginia,” features a unique and personal view of the Commonwealth this singer/songwriter calls home.  “Virginia” is the latest single from Aiken’s critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, CAPTAINS & COWBOYS, released on Northwind Records.

“This should be our state song.” —Paul Shugrue, NPR – WHRV, Norfolk, VA

With the warmth of Lightfoot, the earthiness of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the unerring timing of Billy Joe Shaver, Aiken’s vocals are uninhibited on the self-penned, sweetly vibrant Virginia.”  “It’s a love affair,” Aiken admits.  “This is my home and a special place to me.  She’s beautiful, but just beneath the surface lies the story of a troubled past.  Look a little deeper and you can see and feel the pain of the Civil War’s blue and gray; black and white.  It’s part of what makes Virginia what she is.  It always sets my soul free to get back home,” Mike adds.

bandfun-ky-300x261The video was shot in a variety of locations, from graveyards to mountaintops to coastal beaches, but the Civil War cemeteries left a lasting impression on Mike and the crew.  “It was the first time I’d ever filmed in that type of location,” Aiken reflects.  “When I looked at the tombstones, saw the names and where the soldiers were from, I felt their souls reaching out to me.  It gave me chills and inspired a sense of awe that I’d never felt before.”

A well-traveled troubadour, Mike has always felt the pull of the past – and he admits that he sometimes feels as if he were born in the wrong century.  An inner sense of chivalry oozes from every track on CAPTAINS & COWBOYS.  A writer of enormous depth, Aiken knows whereof he speaks: he has lived on a sailboat for the past 20 years, sailed across oceans as a USCG-licensed captain, raised horses and made his living as a farrier. 

Mike’s upcoming CD, WAYWARD TROUBADOR, will be released this summer.  In the meantime, fans can follow his musical journey at MikeAikenMusic.com. Visit Mike’s Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. Have a look at some of the othe rsocial media links listed on his website, and follow him on Twitter @MikeAikenMusic.

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Mike Aiken's new video, 'Virginia,' features a unique and personal view of the Commonwealth this singer/songwriter calls home.  'Virginia' is the latest single from Aiken's critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, CAPTAINS & COWBOYS, released on Northwind Records. 'This should be our state song.' --Paul Shugrue, NPR - WHRV, Norfolk, VAWith...