“Amazing album. Mike just keeps getting better and better and better.”
“MIKE AIKEN/Captains & Cowboys: He doesn't sound anything like John Hartford but Hartford would certainly be proud of this sailing country musician. Opening up his sound for his sixth album, Aiken distills various outlaw spirits of the past into his own mix that he brings in from the cold and shakes some of the genres hallmark hostility off of looking at things as a contemporary outsider that values his independence without telling you to take this job and shove it. Certainly a dandy new vector for Americana.”
"Hula Girl Highway is a showcase of Mike's very genuine, unpretentious and laid-back style. He can roam from Allman-ized Southern Rock, to Jackson-ized Country, to Buffett-ized pop and Texas Swing, without skipping a beat or losing energy."
"Aiken’s tropical country music is reminiscent of the young Jimmy Buffett, when the Parrothead thing was new, fresh and not yet a parody of itself. ***"
"The songs so packed with images of the sand and sea, you could get a tan just listening..."
“”Mike is something of a floating John Prine crossed with Ry Cooder.””
"Mike is ... the best therapy I’ve been able to find after a hard day in the office!"
"Play this when you are lazing in the garden on a hot summer's day with a long cool drink in your hand. Then allow the music to take you on a musical cruise around the world."
"Like modern day coral reefer Jimmy Buffett, Mike Aiken lives an envied life..."
"Many cruisers carry CD players on board, and there’s a good chance that some of them have Jimmy Buffett in heavy rotation. But you might want to make room for Mike Aiken, another salty troubadour."
“WARNING: Listening to this album will make you want to quit your job, buy a boat and live the life of Mike Aiken...”