A Long, Strange Trip
Georgia singer says travails aided her art.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Photo: Fast Fingers: Atlanta''s Caroline Aiken.
Somebody should make a documentary on Caroline Aiken. Or at least a made-for-TV movie. Aiken is an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter whose life is definitely stranger than fiction. Aiken, who joined a Long Island rock band at 14 and later moved to Southern California, says she saved her own life by singing to a trio of bikers who murdered a woman the following day. A few years later, Aiken says, she moved to South America and became associated with The Children of God, a Christian cult. After freeing herself from the Children of God and working as a Seattle street performer, Aiken settled in Atlanta, where, she says, she helped the Indigo Girls start their career. "They are always real sweet with me," she says of the famous acoustic duo. "They are real good, but they give me way too much credit."
With five self-produced CDs under her belt, Atlanta Magazine calls Aiken the "first lady of Decatur folk."
Caroline Aiken plays Viva Monterey, 414 Alvarado St., Monterey, Sunday night at 8pm. Free. 646-1415.