Tippin began singing as a child while bailing hay, running combines and
plowing the back forty. In order to hear himself over the diesel engine of
the tractor, he had to develop some pretty strong vocal cords. That is where it all began for
He went to high school in Greer, South Carolina. He played
football and ran track. It was during that time that he began hanging out
at the airport with his Dad. Learning how to fly and work on airplanes,
his career was pretty much set in stone that he would become a
professional pilot like his Dad.
He became a Multi-Engine
Instrument Commercial Pilot and flew as a freelance and corporate pilot in
route to becoming a major airline pilot. While building flight time and
studying for his Airline Transport Rating, the fuel shortage hit and the
major carriers started furloughing pilots. That is about the time that he
began pursuing the music business.
Aaron moved to Nashville in
1986, started songwriting pretty heavy and began his quest for a record
deal. In 1990, he signed with RCA Records and went on to release on
platinum and four gold albums.
Five million albums down the road,
Aaron Tippin finds himself governed by twin passions. One is the clear path that has
always captured his imagination.
"I still love playing for the
folks," he says. "I love to see people loving the old songs, and to hear
them roar when we've done a good job."
The other, embodied in his
wife Thea, daughter Charla, and son Teddy, gives purpose to it
"After all is said and done," he says, "I depend on my family.
That's the most wonderful part of my life, and the real saving grace to
Now more than ever before Aaron has been able to bring the two
together in the grooves of his latest CD, "People Like Us." Musically,
lyrically, and thematically the CD amounts to a state-of-the-Aaron
document, one that he is undeniably proud of.
"No matter what this
record does in terms of the history of country music," he says earnestly,
"this is the one I'll always enjoy because it's full of the important
things in my history -- my music and my family."
Two of the
project's songs -- "Kiss This" and "The Best Love We Ever Made" -- were
cowritten by Aaron and Thea, and two songs feature vocals by family
members. Thea does a moving duet with Aaron on "The Best Love We Ever
Made," and Teddy ends a rollicking "Big Boy Toys" -- his favorite on the
album -- by saying the title in his two-and-a-half-year-old voice close
enough to a microphone to make the cut.
As befitting a
family-written song, "The Best Love We Ever Made" makes it clear that
love's most treasured outcome for parents is the child or children it
produced. Aaron calls it "one of the best songs I've ever
after the breakup of popular country music band Little Texas, lead singer
Tim Rushlow is back with a dynamic solo album that shows off a matured
singer and an estimable songwriter. But after Little Texas (a band that
had sold over 6 million records) broke up in 1997, Tim chose not to rush
into a solo career. "I decided to take some time to reinvent myself after
the band broke up," Rushlow said. "All I knew how to do was be the
frontman of the band. So I realized if I'm going to cut a Tim Rushlow
record, it's going to have to be me standing on my own when I absolutely don't have any
question about who I am. So I had to do some soul-searching and
songwriting and find that." The search, though tough, proved to be a
fruitful one, and eventually led him straight into the studio.
Rushlow was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma at Tinker Air Force base, where
his father Tom was serving in the Air Force. After getting out of the
military, Tom Rushlow moved his family to Arlington, Texas, where he
joined his wife Patriciaís three brothers in a band called Moby Dick and
the Whalers. "The Whalers were one of those good regional acts that opened
for stars like Mitch Ryder and James Brown," remembers the proud son.
"They put out their own records, and even came close to appearing on
ĎAmerican Bandstand.í They got real close to making it."
followed in the footsteps of his uncles and father, learning to play
drums, bass, piano and guitar. He sang to his parentsí Buddy Holly,
Monkees and Beatles records and then discovered country music group
Alabama. "I remember trying to imitate Randy Owen (lead singer of
Alabama), and I sang like Willie Nelson on ĎAngel Flying Too Close to the
Ground,í" Rushlow said. In his teens, Rushlow sang in school choirs and
was soon jamming in garage bands that led to the band performing in Texas
and Oklahoma. At 17, he landed a job performing at Six Flags over Texas
and soon after at Opryland theme park in Nashville. The job taught him
stamina, and enabled him to make business connections that would prove
invaluable later in his career. "I learned endurance and it really
prepared me to become a front man," Rushlow recalled of his days imitating
legends like Owen and Jim Reeves at the theme parks.
was formed in 1988 with Rushlowís high school buddies Duane Propes and
Porter Howell moved to Nashville. "We played clubs for years before we got
signed, traveling the country in a trailer and booking ourselves and being
our own crew," remembers Rushlow. "Weíd drive 1000 miles from one gig to
another. We lived and breathed Little Texas and werenít going to stop
until we achieved it, and that work ethic is still something I carry with
me today." Their first hit came in 1991, and "Some Guys Have All the Love"
launched the band on a six-year ride of hit albums and sold-out concerts.
"I want people to know that I have a serious sense of pride for Little
Texas," Rushlow said. "Iíll always talk about it, and Iíll always perform
Little Texas songs live."
"I donít take anything for granted,"
Rushlow said. "A lot of people donít get the chance to do this once, much
less twice. I feel very blessed and flattered to get the chance to do this
again. I want to go out and play these new songs for people, play some old
songs from my band days too, and celebrate my past and future in one fell
swoop. Iíve got a shot at chapter two here, and Iím swinging for the
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