Aiken describes "Carolina in My Mind" as "the quintessential North Carolina song."
"James Taylor considers himself a North Carolina boy and went to school at UNC, and he tours through the area every time he tours," Aiken said. "And one of the strangest things to me that I've never quite understood — people go to the concerts because they want to hear him sing 'Carolina in my Mind.' I mean, that's just — they use it on the news, they use it in every single marketing piece, anything that's about North Carolina at all you hear 'Carolina in my Mind.'"
Whenever Aiken goes to Taylor's concerts, he said the song ends up in the second half of the concert. "And then everybody goes, everybody leaves. I mean, if you want to beat the traffic actually you're probably better off just to stay to the end because once he's sung 'Carolina In My Mind' the roads clog up. Everybody wants to hear it live, and then you've got your fix for the year and then you go back next year and hear him sing it again."