Neil Haislop's Nashville Update
Checkin' in with the top Stars


Aaron Tippin was the guest of honor at the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission Meeting Thursday (March 20, 2003).  General Bob Woods presented Tippin with an American flag which had been flown over the capital in honor of his patriotic efforts.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Tippin and his band entertained troops stationed at Operation Enduring Freedom Forward Operating Bases, performing free shows, signing autographs and mingling with troops in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Qatar.

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Great American Country will debut the Aaron Tippin Stars & Stripes Album Showcase featuring live performances of songs from his latest album Stars & Stripes in addition to exclusive footage from Tippin's recent trip to Afghanistan on a holiday USO tour.  The one-hour Album Showcase will debut on Tuesday, March 25th at 6 p.m. EST on the network and will repeat at a variety of time throughout the coming week.

The special includes exclusive performances of songs from his latest album including the patriotic favorite "Where The Stars and Stripes and The Eagles Fly" and "Love Like There's No Tomorrow" in addition to his hit song "Kiss This" from People Like Us and his debut single "You've Got To Stand For Something" from his debut album of the same name.

In addition to live performances, viewers will get an inside look at Tippin's recent trip to the Middle East.  Tippin entertained troops stationed at Operation Enduring Freedom Forward Operating Bases, performing free shows, signing autographs and mingling with US troops in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Qatar...visit the GAC page for schedule

Aaron's career was launched under a banner of patriotism when his debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something," reached the Top Ten in 1991 and became an anthem for a nation embroiled in the conflict of Desert Storm.

Aaron quickly became a voice of patriotism, a badge he wears proudly and has carried with him throughout his career, a career where he sings what he knows about most-strong family ties and hard work. Aaron's wife Thea, daughter Charla, and sons Teddy and Thomas are the focus of his life.

Aaron's hard-edged twang is one of the more distinctive sounds in today's country music.  Hits like "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio," "Working Man's Ph.D.," "That's As Close As I'll Get To Loving You," and "Kiss This," have earned him a solid following and have established Aaron's identity in an ever-changing country scene. Stars & Stripes continues that tradition.

It's no coincidence that Aaron Tippin's latest CD, Stars & Stripes, arrived in record stores one year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Aaron cut the title track, "Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly," immediately following the tragedy and donated proceeds from the commercial single, which zoomed to No. 2 on the Billboard chart, to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.   "Kenny Beard, Casey Beathard and I had written 'Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly' about two and a half years earlier," said Tippin. "The song hadn't made it on to an album yet but we thought it might be an inspiration to people at during these difficult times."

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Neil Haislop

Neil is an independent producer/writer of country programming for syndicated radio, a broadcaster and an author (Giants of Country Music - Billboard Books), as well as the writer of a Nashville news service to radio and For more than two decades, he's interviewed every major country music star. Haislop produced and wrote more than a dozen superstar radio specials in the last two years alone, including profiles of Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Alabama and Garth Brooks.

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Mar 24, 2003

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