August 30, 2001
and Tippin bring country to the city
Dan Szczesny & Christine Welsh
Why dont you kiss, kiss this, and I dont mean on
my rosy red lips. Me and you, were through, theres only
one thing left for me to do. So come on over here one more time, pucker
up and close your eyes and kiss this goodbye.
Thats the refrain from Aaron Tippins hit, Kiss This.
You can gear up to hear that one at his September 2 concert in Singer
Tippin has been topping the charts for about 20 years with hits that
vary in style from the fun and attitude of Kiss This to
the sentiment of Thats As Close As Ill Get To Loving
When he lost his original record deal, times looked bleak.
I wasnt sure I wanted to cut records anymore, Tippin
says. The last couple albums I had done, we were cutting all
outside material, and it didnt feel like there was much Aaron
in the records.
But after two years of continued committment to his wife and children
and his music, he landed a contract with Lyric Street Records, who
were still fairly new to Nashville at the time.
One thing they really wanted was for my writing to be a bigger
part of my career, he says. They also wanted me to co-produce
my first album for them. I thought, Maybe these guys really
do want Aaron music.
And that is precisely what Aaron Tippin wanted but wasnt able
to get with his former label, Aaron Music.
Musically, Im still about the same guy, Tippin says.
Im still about classic country, Im still a big fan
of the big bands, and I still love bluegrass.
As for his music, Tippin is considered a working mans star.
His music is almost as American as apple pie itself, according
to WKBRs Sean Sullivan. He keeps to what he thinks country
is all about.
Unlike traditionalist Aaron Tippin, Billy Ray Cyrus came into the
country market a pioneer of both line dancing and cross-over artistry.
When most people hear the name Billy Ray Cyrus they picture a chiseled
man with a mullet singing Dont tell my heart, my achy
breaky heart... That was 10 years ago.
Billy Ray has always been about more than his mullet and his Achy
Breaky Heart. His hit Some Gave All became an anthem
to many war veterans and survivors of all kinds. To this day, at any
country show, if you scan the crowd, youre likely to see at
least one t-shirt with Some Gave All written on it.
Recently, however, Cyrus has been busy changing his tune and his image.
With his latest tour and his television program on PAX, Cyrus
growth as an entertainer is notable.
According to Sullivan, In the past couple of years he really
has come far. People are in awe of what hes accomplished. His
music has more of a calmed down acoustic, homey folksy feel. Not necessarily
traditional, but a mix of traditional and new country, with an improved
writing style that has grown with his career.
As far as family shows where you can bring kids and have a good
time, I would say this will be the big draw, says Sullivan.
These guys can draw an immense crowd.
With the R-rated nature of the music on most other charts, country
music concerts are a great opportunity for a family outing. The fans
do tend to get rowdy, but its all in good fun.
Billy Ray Cyrus and Aaron Tippin will play Singer Park on Sunday,
Sept. 2, starting at around 6 p.m.
J. Szczesny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Welsh can be reached at email@example.com
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