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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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