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‘Hillbilly Hercules’ to play Greeneville’s NPAC

January 8th, 2014 8:30 am by Entertainment Staff

‘Hillbilly Hercules’ to play Greeneville’s NPAC

Aaron Tippin is a man whose passion for music fuels an array of other interests.

Apart from writing and recording songs and wowing crowds with his live appearances, Tippin is also a pilot, farmer, winemaker, outdoorsman, avid bodybuilder and devoted family man. The South Carolina native even runs his own record label.

With more than 30 charted singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart, Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience.

Tippin, called the “Hillbilly Hercules” by his colleagues in the music industry, will take the stage Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $25.

Fresh from unveiling “He Believed,” his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin has released a second collection of songs, one that salutes America’s truck drivers. “In Overdrive” features the trucker classics “East Bound And Down,” “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Prisoner of the Highway,” “Girl on the Billboard,” “Movin’ On” and more.

“In Overdrive” was sparked by Tippin’s concern that country music had turned its back on its highway heroes.

“Seems like somewhere along the line, trucking music got shoved off the country music plate,” he said. “I don’t understand exactly why. The trucks are still out there. And they’re busier than ever keeping America rolling. I know the folks who work and live in the trucking world still love this music and so do most fans of real country music. This album launches my crusade to bring the music back.”

Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open in 1990 with his uncompromising “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.”

On the strength of that song alone, comedian Bob Hope invited Tippin to appear with him when he toured the Mideast to entertain the troops of Desert Storm. Tippin has been a favorite of — and a standby for — America’s fighting forces ever since.

In the years that followed, Tippin’s voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” (an affectionate nod to the kind of automotive clunker most of us have had to rely on at one time or another), “My Blue Angel,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and “Kiss This,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Thea.

Tippin became immediately enraged by the sneak attacks of Sept. 11 and quickly remembered a song he’d recently penned, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly.” He instantly booked studio time and rushed to Nashville and tracked this emotional anthem that reminds countless people about what it means to be an American.

Tippin has since journeyed to Iraq and Afghanistan to sing for the troops. These missions, in turn, have earned him guest spots on such shows as “Larry King Live” and “Hannity & Colmes” to speak on the military’s behalf.

For more information, or to order tickets, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit boxoffice@npacgreeneville.com.

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