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Country singer Aaron Tippin returns to area with new music

August 11, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Country music singer Aaron Tippin returns to Chambersburg this weekend ready to perform a repertoire of his big hits along with a few surprise samplings from his almost-released album.

In 2004, Tippin performed before two full crowds at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg.

He was quick to sign up for a return concert and says the unexpected change of venue - from the theater to the high school - doesn't phase him.

Tippin plans to put on a get-you-dancing kind of show at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

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"This ain't no sit-down party," he says. "I come to inspire people, and if they're not excited and all tore up, then I missed."

It's been three years since the release of Tippin's last album, "Stars & Stripes," but fans can expect to hear some new music very soon from the Nashville star.

"Come Friday," a new single released in June, is floating about the airwaves. The song is "about the favorite day of the week," Tippin says. "It's a tongue-twister, high-paced, rapid-fire lyric song. It's real fun to sing."

An October release is planned for the star's ninth album. He's staying quiet about the details but says the new work captures his identifiable sound and spirit.

Two new songs on the upcoming CD are especially close to Tippin's heart.

His father died in April at age 78. Tippin dedicated a new song about his dad on the album.

"Even though he's gone, he's still my hero," Tippin told The Herald-Mail. "He lived a full life and he lived every minute of it."

Also, Tippin and his wife, Thea, wrote and sang a duet together that is recorded on the new album, "Better Left Unsaid Than Undone."

"I'm so proud of it," Tippin says. "I've never written a song like this."

He won't give any other specifics until the CD hits stores in October. "I want folks to hear it and see what they think. I love the element of surprise."

Tippin says he'll be giving Chambersburg audiences a taste of what's to come in his concerts this weekend. Normally he doesn't perform his new work until after a CD release, but he's making an exception.

"We're just real thrilled with how a lot of the songs turned out," he says.

Tippin's career launched 15 years ago with the hit single "You've Got to Stand for Something." He's hit top-10 charts five other times with patriotic-themed songs such as "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly."

A visit to Tippin's official Web site - www.aarontippin.com - shows the connection he has to the nation's military. His Web site includes photographs taken from trips to the Middle East, where he performed for troops stationed there and a section where people can leave messages of support for their favorite soldier.

For Thanksgiving this year he's planning a 10-day trip to Iraq to perform for troops. One of the men he'll encounter is his son-in-law, a South Carolina Air National Guard helicopter pilot who is in Iraq.

"I'm very proud of him," Tippin says. "He's like my oldest boy."

The enthusiasm Tippin receives from audiences, both stationed overseas and in communities across the country, keeps him focused on his music.

"Without a doubt, the audience, the folks that keep coming back to the shows - they're the ones that keep driving me the most," he says.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium is twice the size of the Capitol Theatre, says Linda Boeckman, operations manager for the theater. Cowboy Crush, a five-woman country ensemble, will open for Tippin, playing the first 45 minutes of each show, Boeckman says.

The high school auditorium is air-conditioned and has a balcony. Half of the profits from the show will benefit the Franklin Fire Co. in Chambersburg, Boeckman says.

Besides the goodwill that the audience can generate, Tippin has a another reason for people to come:

"Tell them to be there, because if they're not, they're going to miss a good time."




If you go ...


WHAT: Aaron Tippin concerts

WHEN: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14

WHERE: Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $30 balcony seats, $35 and $38 auditorium floor seating.

MORE: Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Capitol Theatre box office at 1-717-263-0202, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets will be available the day of the show at the high school one hour prior to each performance.

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