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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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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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