Phil Aiken

Phil Aiken


Highly melodic and literate songs, written by a piano player who is not afraid of rock and played by a band that is not afraid of a hook.


Phil became known around Boston and elsewhere as a long term gun-for-hire piano/organ player with Buffalo Tom. He has filled that same role with Bill Janovitz and Crown Victoria,and Delta Clutch (now the Blizzard of '78). He has also performed or recorded with the likes of Little Feat, James Taylor, Graham Parker, Julian Hatfield, Tanya Donelly, Peter Gammons, Eddie Vedder, a bunch of the Boston Red Sox, an Elvis impersonator and others.
Mostly though, Phil is a songwriter. This was his main focus before people started calling him in as a player, and it still is. His first solo record, Don't Look Down was well received, and featured a cast of dozens of Boston's best musicians. Though much of that music was guitar heavy, Phil began playing live shows in a piano-led trio. This led to a quick outpouring of new material and his 2nd album It's Always the Quiet Ones.
This album, while more reserved and (almost) guitarless, was a step forward in craftmanship, and allowed the songs lyricism to shine through.
Currently, Phil is playing live with his new band, The Phil Aiken Army. This crack ensemble is capable of going from Roots-Rock to Beatlesque pop, to all-out slamming in the same set, and sometimes in the same song. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a new CD, which Phil describes as more of a band effort than the previous releases.


Don't Look Down
It's Always the Quiet Ones

Set List

Typical set list consists of as many new tunes as Phil can talk the band into learning, existing songs from the albums, and a cover or two just for fun.