Caroline's performances are known for emanating a high level of infectious energy and jaw dropping guitar playing. Her genre spans many styles: rock/blues/folk/country to southern roots. She is not only an accomplished singer/songwriter but also a respected musician that can cut it up on a 12-string guitar and woo the crowds with her piano ballads. She has recorded and shared stages with The Indigo Girls and Bonnie Raitt (1985-2005) in venues such as San Antonio's Majestic Theater, Denver's Red Rocks, and Berkeley's Greek Theater. Caroline's performance history includes headlining at the Kerrville (TX) Music Festival; (CA) Mendocino Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festival; (Seattle) Bumbershoot and Folk Life Festival; (NY) Falcon Ridge;, and more.
In May 2006 she embarked on a 2 month European tour including an invitation to be the first woman guitarist to teach and perform at the famed Schörndorf Guitar Festival in Germany. She also plays in England, Wales, Germany, Belgium and Holland to sold-out crowds. She returned to the U.S. to headline at the prestigious Mendocino Music Festival to standing ovations, and headliner for the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival and ending the year at the Moab Music Festival in Utah.
What critics and fans are saying about Caroline Aiken:
"Aiken's guitar work is astonishing, especially as much of it, including slide, is on 12 strings making this disc required listening for anyone who thinks s/he plays the blues or owns a 12 string "-Tom Petersen, Victory Review Magazine, Dec 2005
"Anyone who's ever heard the sultry, bluesy voice of Caroline Aiken knows she's the real deal. She infuses each song with true grit and years of performing experience, sanding down the rough edges just a little with her soft Southern drawl."-Mare Wakefield, DIY Salute, Performing Songwriter Magazine, 2005
"Caroline Aiken, often sighted as one of the cornerstones of the Decatur folk movement, has long been at the forefront of modern folk and acoustic expression. Her soothing, fine wood-grain voice purrs with a youthful innocence one minute, then growls like a wise old blue singer the next, marking each song with her trademark, time-honed stamp of quality."- Georgia Music Magazine, July 2005
"Your performance was absolutely stellar. You made a bunch of new fans if the reactions I heard from the people was any indication. I can speak for one avid new fan who is very definitely going to be following anything you d---and that's me. Your stage presence and musicianship was fully as good or better than anything I have ever seen, and I've been a concert goer for most of my 50 something years. I will remember your version of "Madman Across the Water" as long as I have a memory "-Ken Krauss, Mendocino Music Festival Marketing Director, August 2006