Sitting down with recording artist and self-proclaimed patriot Aaron Tippin is much like sitting on your front porch visiting with an old friend, all the while regretting that at some point they’ll have to leave. There was much to visit about!
Celebrating 25 years in the music industry, Tippin not only has a new album out but also many commemorative events planned in his honor. Stonehaus Winery has created celebratory wine created for Tippin, and Colt’s Manufacturing has designed a special anniversary edition of a Colt 45 semi-automatic handgun. Each of these has been designed to celebrate the man and his music.
Most recognized for his songs like “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly,” “Kiss This” and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With the Radio,” Tippin says there have been other songs in his life that are very special to him. The song “If I Had To Do It Over” holds a special place in Tippin’s heart, because he wrote it for his daughter Charla. “Being in the music business when she was growing up, I was away from her a lot,” Tippin stated matter-of-factly. “I look back on being gone so much and all we missed together—that’s kind of a sad moment. But all in all, it’s been a very rewarding career! And I’ve been blessed.” Tippin also proudly reports that his daughter is now his touring publicist and jokingly adds that he’s glad the money he invested in her college years is now paying off.
The new album appropriately has 25 songs. “There are ten of the old hits, ten new ones and five songs you wouldn’t think ol’ Aaron would sing…like Frank Sinatra’s “Just the Way You Look Tonight, or Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which also happens to be a duet with my youngest son.”
Along with his 25 years of fame, there are a number of other things that Aaron Tippin has accomplished—or in some cases survived—which few other artists could claim. It turns out, Aaron Tippin’s luck could be some of the best anyone could ever have. Someone up there must like country crooners!
Here’s an example of what we are talking about…
THINGS AARON TIPPIN HAS ACCOMPLISHED
- Aaron Tippin started his career by winning – and losing – “You Can Be A Star,” a television show on The Nashville Network and that was one of the first shows to allow unsigned artists to perform and compete in front of a television audience and famed judges. Tippin won the daily but got “shut out” in the weekly competition. Famed performer and show judge Jeannie C. Riley told Tippin that he had something unique and should definitely pursue a career in the music. He went home, quit his day job, packed his bags and returned to Nashville. The rest, as they say, is history!
- Aaron Tippin’s first USO Tour was also Bob Hope’s last USO tour. Tippin says that performing in these “downrange” tours – military speak for overseas deployment typically during a war zone – is what really started his career. Combined with his admiration for our armed services, performing on Hope’s show was what “drove the first stake.” “I realized then that I was going to be committed to them for the rest of my career,” Tippin commented. “I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan many, many times. I’ve been to Korea, Germany, Kurdistan, Pakistan, all over the world. As long as they’re deployed, I’ll go. I love it – I love to go and show my appreciation, man, because I’ve enjoyed an incredible life of freedom. I’m thankful to serve those who have served us.”
- Aaron Tippin’s music has been in outer space. TRUE! On his first USO Tour, I gained a fan who was a marine captain
at the time and who later became a NASA space shuttle commander. And he took my music to space with him,” Tippin described. “I’ve got a picture of an Aaron Tippin CD floating in space in front of him in the space shuttle. In the background through the window, you can see the earth,” he said, “which is kind of cool.”
- Aaron Tippin Colt 45 semi automatic 1911 handgun. America Remembers. Aaron Tippin is in a choice group of famed celebrities, even though it happened quite by accident. As a former gun dealer and avid supporter of the Second Amendment, Tippin and his team thought that an excellent way to celebrate his 25 years in the music business
would be with a commemorative firearm. The group America Remembers agreed and were excited about the possibilities. From there, Tippin joined a choice group of notable individuals who’ve had their careers commemorated with a firearm—Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln and Stonewall Jackson, to name a few.
- Aaron Tippin has been struck by lightning on two separate occasions and states that he’s “glad to be alive to tell about it.” We are all hoping there won’t be a third time!
- Aaron Tippin blackberry wine. In honor of his 25 years of success in the music industry, has been honored with his name and likeness being placed on bottle of blackberry wine created by Stonehaus Winery in Clarksville, TN.
You can purchase the commemorative wine, or an Aaron Tippin Country Jam Pack, complete with wine, autographed photos, ball cap, etc., by visiting Stonehaus Winery or you can order online at Stonehaus Winery.
- Aaron Tippin has recorded with one of his children on a studio album. Tippin’s 15-year old son Tom, who Tippin says is most definitely “the singer in the family,” performs with Tippin on his new 25th anniversary album titled simply, “Aaron Tippin, 25 Years.” There are a handful of artists who have done this, but we may be able to count them on one hand. Tippin is doubly excited about it, saying that his family is his greatest blessing and accomplishment.
- Aaron Tippin can fly his own plane if he chooses. “My dad was a professional pilot,” Tippin describes. “Flying was all I ever knew. It was all I ever wanted to do.” The economic crisis in the late ‘70s kept him from the accomplishment of that dream. “I was studying for my airline transport rating in late ‘70s and the first energy crunch hit. And when major airlines started furloughing pilots, I realized I wasn’t going to make it , so I quit. And I did what I liked next best. I was a bluegrass player- a hobby player. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll go run my buddy’s bulldozer and play music at night.’ That’s kind of where it started.”
We’re sure glad Aaron decided to quit his day job and create what has now become hit after hit for us. Where would the world be without songs like his? Songs about strength in America like those reflected in “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly.” Songs about strength in being human and standing up for yourself, like those voiced in “You’ve Got to Stand for Something or You’ll Fall for Anything.”
What does it mean to Tippin to still be writing, recording and touring 25 years later?
“I’m the proverbial blind hog that gets an acorn every once in a while,” Tippin laughed. “I look back on the things that happened, starting with the Bob Hope Tour – which was at the start of my career in 1990 – Christmas of 1990 – and I cannot believe that 25 years later I’m still in the business and still making a living! And next weekend again, I’ll head out somewhere in America and do a show!”