|Northwind Records’ Mike Aiken steers away from songs about tailgates, beer and first kisses with a tribute to traditional roots country and life-long love with the release of “Your Memory Wins.” As summer days slip away and school bells start to ring, the anthems of country music are winding down and making room for more traditional songs.Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin writes, “The emotional center of the album is the touching ‘Your Memory Wins’.“From Aiken’s critically acclaimed CAPTAINS & COWBOYS CD, this soulful song talks about the emptiness that remains after you lose the love of your life. Co-written with Austin Cunningham and produced by Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) who played electric guitar and sang harmony on the track, “Your Memory Wins” is a true traditional country ballad with haunting pedal steel and melancholy baritone guitar.
“When Austin and I set out to write a traditional, cry-in-your-beer, country song I don’t think either of us thought we’d truly catch it this well,” Mike Aiken says, “I’m really proud of how this song turned out. It took us over a year to finish and during that time we both had things happen in our lives that took the song even closer to the bone. The icing for me was when we got the legendary Dan Dugmore to track pedal steel. That dude can reach in your chest, pull out your heart, wring it out and put it back; add the baritone and you’re walking down lonely street… one step closer to tears.”