Tall Tales & Troubadours
The Mike Aiken Band
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7PM
Tickets: $20
We wrap up our mini-fest with an evening with the man who made it all happen, Mike Aiken. A well-traveled Virginia songwriter and sea captain, Mike 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. His Tall Tales & Troubadours show features the trio (Mike Aiken, Amy Aiken, Andrew Piland) with 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.
The audience whooped 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
We found our local artists to open Saturday Night's concert at
Aiken & Friends Fest, Mike Aiken's Tall Takes & Troubadours.
PHIL SWANSON: [...] after playing in several garage bands in High School, an acoustic duo in college and several post college bands, I’ve arrived at this mid-life juncture, guitar in hand with a desire to express myself through words & music. For lack of a better name or category (I hate them) I guess you’d say I’m a singer/songwriter. My writing is infl...uenced by the world and the people around me, the constantly changing rhythm of life in the 21st century. [...] I like to think that my songs are about real life, and not clich√©. I tend not to write about cars, fast women, or my drinking buddies at the bar (but who knows what the future holds). www.philswanson.com
JO STONES: A Jersey native and graduate of Westminster Choir College, Jo Stones has a way of speaking to your soul. His simplistic approach to the guitar started only a year ago when he decided to pack his bags and live life as a broke but hardly broken wanderer of the west. Recently returning from California and Colorado, Stones released his fourth and most recent album Trails showing off his love for the road. Be sure to also check out Stones' piano skills on his album Under the Influence available on iTunes and Spotify.
JARRED OBERMAN: I will be playing as half a duo with My brother Shane. W.e go by the name "RatBone" Looking forward to it. RatBone is an acoustic duo consisting of Jarred Oberman and Shane Oberman, both members of the electric rock group, "Jack Names the planets". We have been playing music together for nearly two decades. Musical influences span the spectrum, ranging from American folk and bluegrass, to punk rock and roll. Our new album ghost stories is set to release at the end of the year.
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