It was about all one man could talk about Sunday when he described the Aaron Tippin concert he’d seen the night before, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, Nevada. . Proudly wearing the shirt purchased after the concert, with the trademark American-style guitar on the front, he pointed to Tippin’s autograph. Even though the CD case was autographed, he explained to everyone around that Tippin had insisted on signing the shirt, as well.
Aaron Tippin performed in his first Nashville night club show in 1990, and was promptly signed up to record for RCA. Before he started recording, though, he joined Bob Hope on a USO tour to Saudi Arabia, to entertain troops involved in the Gulf War. It was an event he has continued to honor, taking some of his time yearly to visit and perform for the troops in Iraq, at home in the USA, or wherever he is called. The performances are now sponsored by Stars for Stripes out of Nashville, Tennessee.
The holder of five gold albums from his RCA recordings, and one platinum RCA album, Tippin was signed by another company, which he later left. He recorded a CD under his own company name, Nippit, with many of his favorite older tunes and several new ones.
The audience was already happy when they heard some of the favorites, such as ‘You’ve got to Stand for Something’ and ‘There Ain’t Nothin Wrong with the Radio.’ There was a loud cheer as Tippin brought out the traditional bike, which he assembled and donated to the local Toys for Tots. To date, he has donated over 500 bicycles.
Visit Tippin’s official website here in case you missed the concert, and want to see if there is another opportunity this year.
Many people maintain there are only two kinds of music, Country, and Western. Tippin certainly proves why he is still going strong, and proud to be among the great Country legends of our time.