JACKPOT — Aaron Tippin, All American country singer, returns to Cactus Petes for another great evening of delivering outstanding country entertainment, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Gala showroom.
“We’ve been to Jackpot many times and I just love that little spot in the road. It is just an awesome place,” said Tippin.
Born in Pensacola, Fla., and raised in the mountains of South Carolina, Tippin is a real country gentleman. “I guess that’s where my hillbilly accent comes from,” said Tippin. When being referred to as the “Hillbilly Hercules,” Tippin chuckled saying, “That’s overrated. I’m just an old guy tryin’ to hang on.”
When not performing his powerful messages through song, Tippin has many other interests including flying, farming, outdoor activities and body building.
“I was born to be the son of an airplane pilot, I professionally flew, and when I grew up, that’s what I did for a living. So being in the music business was not what I intended to do for a living. I intended to fly airplanes. I ending up going from almost being an airline pilot to turning into a honky tonk singer,” said Tippin.
Tippin owns four aircraft at the moment and buying and selling airplanes is a big passion of his.
A 500-acre farm in middle Tennessee is where Tippin calls home. He loves farming, working the land and enjoying life with his two sons, Ted and Tom, along with Thea.
Tippin has been working on a single with buddies Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie titled “All In The Same Boat.” This is part of the Acoustic Roots & Boots Tour.
“In Overdrive,” Tippin’s latest album is dedicated to America’s truck drivers, features such songs as “Movin’ On,” “Truck Drivin’ Man,” “Girl On The Billboard,” and many more saluting our hard working “knights of The highway,” said Tippin.
“A big part of my life in country music was the trucking days,” he said. “I can’t get enough of that old stuff and I sure love doin’ it. It’s been awesome to kind of put that back on the page again.”
No Valentine’s Day plans for the Tippin sweethearts, but Tippin, chuckling, said, “Wish I could say we did. Every year on Valentine’s Day, I’m usually somewhere else across America.” Tippin will be spending the holiday this year with veterans, as he is an avid performer at VA hospitals around the country.
His music has reached many servicemen and women.
“It’s quite a blessing to get the opportunity to perform for our troops. I’ve committed myself to them and am going to make sure they’re entertained and most importantly, for them to know they are loved,” said Tippin.
Tippin really enjoys the opportunity of playing in an up close and personal setting, such as the Gala Showroom. “I just love Jackpot for that very reason. They’re great folks. They have a great, little restaurant there ... I normally don’t eat before a show, but they have one of my most, favorite, little steak houses in all of the United States. I just love it,” said Tippin,
Just a few of the many meaningful, “statement- powered” songs by Tippin over the years have included, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” (in which Bob Hope invited Tippin to appear with him on tour of the Mideast during Desert Storm), “My Blue Angel,” “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly,” ”Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and a song co-written with his wife, “Kiss This,” which became a No.1 hit.
In Tippin’s career, the song that means the most to him is a song he wrote about his dad called, “He Believed.” Tippin’s strong values and beliefs have entertained millions over the years through music with “much more than just words,” he said.
“I sign autographs after every show. I have for the past 22 years and don’t intend to stop now, and that includes Jackpot,” said Tippin.
“Come over to the greatest little place in America to enjoy an Aaron Tippin show — up close and personal!” exclaimed Tippin.
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling Cactus Petes Reservation hotline at 1-800-821-1103.