Aaron Tippin is a force of nature, a man whose passion for
music fuels an array of other vigorous enthusiasms. Apart from writing and recording songs and
wowing crowds with his live appearances, Tippin is also a pilot, farmer,
winemaker, outdoorsman, avid bodybuilder and devoted family man. He even runs his own record label. It’s no surprise then that so many in the
music industry regard this tireless South Carolinian as the “Hillbilly Hercules.”
Fresh from unveiling He
Believed, his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin
has now released a second collection of songs, one that salutes America’s truck
drivers. It’s called In Overdrive and
features the trucker classics “East Bound and Down,” “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Prisoner
of The Highway,” “Girl on The Billboard,” “Movin’ On,” “The White Night,” “Roll
On,” “Truck Drivin’ Man,” “Long White Line,” “Drivin’ Fool” and “Danger Dave.”
In Overdrive was
sparked by Tippin’s concern that country music had turned its back on its
highway heroes. “Seems like somewhere
along the line trucking music got shoved off the country music plate,” he
observes. “I don’t understand exactly
why. The trucks are still out
there. And they’re busier than ever
keeping America rolling. I know the
folks who work and live in the trucking world still love this music - and so do
most fans of real country music. This
album launches my crusade to bring the music back.”
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he
ripped country music wide open in 1990 with his uncompromising “You’ve Got to
Stand for Something.” On the strength of
that remarkable song, comedian Bob Hope invited Tippin to appear with him when
he toured the Mideast to entertain the troops of Desert Storm. Tippin has been a favorite of - and a standby
for - America’s fighting forces ever since.
In the years that followed, Tippin’s voice continued to ring
loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “There Ain’t
Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio” (an affectionate nod to the kind of automotive
clunker most of us have had to rely on at one time or another), “My Blue Angel,”
“Working Man’s Ph. D.,” “The Call of The Wild,” “I Got It Honest,” “That’s As
Close As I’ll Get to Loving You,” “For You I Will,” “Kiss This” (a cheeky Number
One song he co-wrote with his wife and partner-in-everything, Thea).
Tippin became immediately enraged by the sneak attacks of
9/11 and quickly remembered a song he’d recently penned, (his proudly defiant),
“Where The Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly.” He instantly booked studio
time and rushed to Nashville and tracked this emotional anthem that reminds
countless people as to what it means to be an American. Tippin has since
journeyed to Iraq and Afghanistan to sing for the troops. These missions, in turn, have earned him
guest spots on such shows as Larry King
Live and Hannity & Colmes to
speak on the military’s behalf.
Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have
built a large and devoted audience. With
more than 30 charted singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
In keeping with his take-charge attitude, Tippin established
NIPPIT Records in 2005. In 2008, the label partnered with Cracker Barrel for
the release of He Believed.
Tippin’s retreat is a 500-acre farm in middle Tennessee,
where he labors, relaxes and revels in the outdoors with wife and musical
collaborator Thea and their two sons, Tom and Ted. It’s also the home base for his hangar
(complete with four working aircrafts), runway, recording studio and winery.
During the months ahead, Tippin and his band
will be roaring along America’s vast highway grid, meeting truckers and singing
their praises to a new generation of country music fans.