For the past 25 years, singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin has made tour stops all across the nation, bringing his signature blend of neo-traditional country music with him. But on Friday, Sept. 11, for the first time in his career, he’ll make his way to the Freeman Stage at Bayside.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I’ve seen a lot of America,” Tippin said. “Generally, we’re on the bus touring all over the country. As long as there are country fans there, I got all I need.”
Some of Tippin’s hits include “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “My Blue Angel,” “Workin’ Man’s PhD,” and “In Overdrive.” However, there are a few numbers that will be all the more appropriate Friday night, including “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly,” which Tippin wrote and recorded just two days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and released less than a week later, going on to top the charts.
Tippin went even further in showing his pride for his country when he began taking trips overseas to perform the song for U.S. military service members. For him, that national pride is something he’s emphasized throughout his career.
“It’s very important to me,” said Tippin of his patriotism. “I’ve been entertaining the troops since the Bob Hope show Christmas of 1990.”
No matter where he is, however, Tippin said his favorite part of being a musician is getting to perform live and interact with his fans, just like he’s been doing for the past quarter-century.
“It’s been a blessing for me,” Tippin said. “I’m very interactive with my fans. Without a doubt, getting to do the live performances is coolest thing about it.”