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Tippin the Scale

Weather does not thwart crowd’s energy

By Denise Poss
The North Platte Telegraph

In the third and final night of the Nebraskaland Days concert series, Aaron Tippin brought another evening of top-notch country entertainment to a delighted crowd at the Wild West Arena Tuesday night.

Tippin kicked off the show with his brand of classic country. He took the crowd along with him in a walk down a country lane filled with hits like “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” “People Like Us,” and “I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way.”

The tall, lean country superstar, wearing a Reba T-shirt and form-fitting jeans on a body that has obviously seen the inside of a gym, also put together a children’s bicycle while he sang his hit song, “Workin’ Man’s Ph.D.” He said after the song, the bike was to be donated to the Toys For Tots organization this Christmas.

Formerly a freelance and corporate pilot, Tippin began earnestly pursuing a career in music following fuel shortages in the 1980s that left commercial airlines furloughing pilots. He moved to Nashville in 1986 in his quest for a record deal. In 1990, he signed with RCA records, later moving to Disney’s Lyric Street Records. A succession of hits followed and Tippin continues to bring new music and old favorites to devoted fans across the country.

Leslie Trullinger of Gothenburg, a long-time fan of Tippin’s, took her place at the front of the arena early in the evening, allowing her a bird’s-eye view of one of her favorite entertainers.

She held a license plate that read, “Kiss This,” in reference to one of Tippin’s biggest hits. When asked what her favorite song was, she just grinned and held up the plate.

Trullinger, among most of the other fans who had come to enjoy the show, let out a groan of disappointment when Tippin was interrupted during a song and the concert was suspended due to a severe thunderstorm warning in Lincoln County.

As of 11 p.m. the second scheduled artist, Clay Walker, had yet to set foot on the stage due to weather.

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