Americana/Roots Stalwarts Mike & Amy Aiken Pay Tribute To The Cowboy Way With Stunning New Video, Bringing “Night Rider’s Lament” To Life

Premieres Tomorrow On Popular OTT Network, Stars Over Texas

Nashville, TN (August 3, 2023) – Americana/Roots stalwarts Mike & Amy Aiken pay tribute to the cowboy way of life with a stunning new music video, bringing “Night Rider’s Lament” to life. The classic fireside tune, originally released on Aiken’s sixth studio album, CAPTAINS & COWBOYS (Northwind Records), is certainly still relevant. With the resurgent interest in the Western lifestyle generated by TV shows Yellowstone and 1883, it’s no wonder fans have been clamoring for the tune more than ever at the duo’s live shows. “I’ve never believed that the life of a song was confined by its release date,” Mike says. “Lately we’ve had folks ask about a video; the timing worked and here we are.” The clip premieres tomorrow on the popular OTT Network, Stars Over Texas, which streams on Apple, Roku and on-demand via the Red Dirt music’s website. Last week, the couple was interviewed by Texas “DJ Mike” Bilansky; the feature will run August 4 - 10 on Dance Time in Texas.
While I was out a-ridin'
The graveyard shift midnight till dawn
The moon was as bright as a reading light
For a letter from an old friend back home
He asked me
Why do you ride for your money?
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere
And you're losin' your share
Oh, you must've gone crazy out there / (Michael Burton)

Filmed in Nashville (CDX Studio), Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, the video was directed by Paul Steward for 316 Productions. A longtime mentor to Mike, legendary cowboy Eddie Phillips stars in the reel along with his grandson Daylon Swearingen (2022 PBR World Champion Bull Rider). Now 81, Phillips was the Ontario Rodeo Association’s 1973 Bareback Bronc Champion and the Empire Rodeo Association’s 1977 Bareback Bronc Champion. “His inclusion was critical, he had to be a part of it,” Mike notes. “Eddie is a gentleman and a champion who raised a rodeo family full of title-winning cowboys and cowgirls. We are thrilled to have him.”
For Mike, a former farrier, the song represents more than just rodeos and cowboys. “I honor them, for sure,” he says. “But really this song represents all of us who believe going our own way is the only way.” Amy adds, “Having honesty and integrity, and love for the world around us just makes sense. It’s the way we live.”
With a nod to Americana, Roots and Country, Mike & Amy deliver honest tunes and tall tales with a distinctive ocean view. These life partners and sea captains have logged over 30,000 Bluewater miles sailing their boat from Nova Scotia to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. They have crossed the seas and crisscrossed countries sharing the music born of their experiences. Mike’s original songs and stories are a celebration of the independent spirit found in characters they’ve encountered. Through their accomplished songwriting, storytelling and instrumentation, Mike & Amy’s uniquely personal performances invite audiences to share their lived adventure and their genuine humanity. On stage, Mike’s earthy voice and masterful work on assorted guitars are perfectly matched by Amy’s sweet harmonies and tasty percussion. Whether performing as a duo or with a full band, the Aikens have a way of turning audiences into friends and venues into welcoming back porches. Together they have produced seven nationally and internationally recognized albums, including a first-round Grammy nomination, #1 and #13 albums in Europe, and five Top 25 singles on U.S. charts. Recognizing the need to pay back and pass the music on, in 2005, Mike & Amy founded the Aiken & Friends Music Fest benefiting music education. Mike & Amy bring their music to festivals, theaters and venues across North America and Europe. Whether at MerleFest, Anderson Fair or the Shalin Liu Performance Center - indoors, outdoors, at concert halls or intimate songwriter events, Mike & Amy Aiken entertain audiences from the first tale to the last tune.

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