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Letters 02-15-2016

No More Balloon Launches In the recent Wedding issue, a writer noted a trend of celebratory balloon launches at weddings. Balloon releases are nothing more than a wind-born distribution of litter, not an appropriate way to celebrate a marriage or commemorate cancer victims and survivors...

Plenty Of Blame In Flint Many opinions have been voiced about the Flint water crisis; all have left many questions unasked, such as: Lead is the culprit, and a there is a ban on lead in paint, as well as one on lead in new plumbing materials. There are still many service connecting pipes made out of lead in service. Why? Have any been installed despite the ban?

Stop Balloon Releases I was appalled by the column on the wedding traditions article that suggested making new traditions like releasing balloons at the conclusion of the ceremony! I am the president of AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) in Ludington, and we clean beaches four times a year....

Roosevelt Had It Right 202 years ago the British Royal Navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the War Of 1812. While being held captive aboard the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key composed the immortal “Star Spangled Banner” poem. 202 years later I ask, “Oh, say can you see” one of the most appallingly dishonest presidential election cycles since the Adams/Jefferson election of 1800...

Avoid Urban Sprawl In Petoskey I urge Resort Township, the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to dissuade Bay Harbor’s proposal to add new business and residential development along U.S. 31 near the main entrance to Bay Harbor...

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Aaron Tippin Still Stands for Country

It took a country’s energy crisis to steer Aaron Tippin’s musical energy into country.

Kristi Kates - July 21st, 2014  

By age 20, the South Carolina native was working as a commercial pilot, but that career crashed and burned.

“If the fuel and energy crisis hadn’t hit, I might still be in aviation,” said Tippin, now a Nashville resident. “I had to pick up the next thing I could do – and that was picking and grinning.”

By the early ‘90s, he worked as a Nashville songwriter-for-hire, and soon signed a contract with RCA Records.

His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” became a popular anthem for U.S. soldiers fighting in the Gulf War.

WHY NOT COUNTRY?

Focusing on songs that spoke to the American working class as well as the U.S. military, Tippin recorded five studio albums at RCA.

In 2006, he founded his own personal record label.

Three number one country singles and a number of Top Ten hits proved that he’d made the right choice.

“I started out as a songwriter, and to save money, I sang on my own demos,” Tippin said. “Someone heard the demo, liked the song, and then wanted to know who was singing on the demo.”

The rest, he says is history, leading to those aforementioned chart hits, plus various collaborations with Charley Pride, Reba McEntire, David Lee Murphy, and Scotty McCreery.

Tippin’s work ethic is part of his success.

He sets aside one day a week to write to accumulate a “good catalog to choose from,” he said.

“People say, ‘Why country music?’ I say, ‘Why not?’” Tippin said. “I grew up with it. What I like about it is that it tells a story.”

TOUR ON OVERDRIVE

Plenty of Tippin’s musical stories can be found on his most recent album release, “In Overdrive,” his first album for Country Crossing Records. A collection of country songs with truck-driving themes, the set was released several years ago, but there’s no new Tippin album on the horizon just yet. He’s too busy on the road.

Tippin is currently on the Roots and Boots tour, which stops at the Leelanau Sands Casino. He’s sharing the road and the stage with fellow country music artists Sammy Kershaw, David Lee Murphy, and Collin Raye.

He says it’s a good mix of pals to tour with.

“We are all comfortable performing on stage beside each other, and it’s great for the fans ‘cause it’s something new,” Tippin said. “We give the fans a mix of songs and a good variety, and we feed off of each other’s energy, which makes for a lot of fun.”

Tippin’s stop at the Sands is one of many he’s looking forward to, but this one’s a particular fave because of the familiarity factor.

“Northern Michigan Aaron Tippin fans are dedicated!” he said. “I love to see them singing the words to every one of my songs.”

Aaron Tippin and the rest of the Roots and Boots Tour will be at the Leelanau Sands Casino on July 26 at 8pm. For more, visit casino2win.com.

 
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