The "Hillbilly Hercules" Aaron Tippin is scheduled to perform his own brand of country music on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
A news release calls the South Carolina native "a force of nature, a man whose passion for music fuels an array of other vigorous enthusiasms."
The release continues: "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" -- all of which have contributed to his nickname of the "Hillbilly Hercules."
Fresh from unveiling "He Believed," his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin has now released a second collection of songs that salutes America's truck drivers.
It's called "In Overdrive" and features the trucker classics "East Bound And Down," "Drivin' My Life Away," "Prisoner Of The Highway," "Girl On The Billboard," "Movin' On," "The White Night," "Roll On," "Truck Drivin' Man," "Long White Line," "Drivin' Fool" and "Danger Dave."
"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. 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," the news release quotes Tippin.
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since 1990 when his uncompromising "You've Got To Stand For Something" was released. On the strength of that song, 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 released 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.," "The Call Of The Wild," "I Got It Honest," "That's As Close As I'll Get To Loving You," "For You I Will," "Kiss This" (a cheeky No. 1 song he co-wrote with his wife and partner-in-everything, Thea).
Tippin became immediately enraged by the sneak attacks of 9/11 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, where he tracked this emotional anthem that reminds countless people what it means to be an American.
Tippin has since journeyed to Iraq and Afghanistan to sing for the troops.
Tippin's honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience, the news release states.
Five of his albums are certified Gold: "Call Of The Wild," "You've Got To Stand For Something," "Lookin' Back At Myself," "Tool Box" and "People Like Us."
A sixth CD, "Read Between The Lines," stands at the Platinum level.
Tippin's home is a 500-acre farm in Middle Tennessee, where he labors, relaxes and revels in the outdoors with his wife and musical collaborator and their two sons. It's also the home base for his hangar (complete with four working aircraft), runway, recording studio and winery.
Tippin will perform at NPAC at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Tickets are $25 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $15 for balcony seats.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.npacgreeneville.com (NPAC offers online seat selection and no-fee ticketing), in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 638-1679.
The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NPAC is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School.