AARON TIPPIN FACTS:
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Albums: You've Got to Stand for Something (1991); Read Between the Lines (1992); Call of the Wild (1993); Lookin' Back at Myself (1994); Tool Box (1995); What This Country Needs (1998); People Like Us (2000); Stars & Stripes (2002); In Overdrive (2009)
Hits: "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio," "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You," "Kiss This," "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly"
Other: The album In Overdrive contains covers of truck driving country songs.
Although he got his start as a songwriter for country signers in the 1980s, Aaron Tippin made a name for himself throughout the '90s when he released a string of popular patriotic songs that resonated with a large section of Americans. With a lengthy discography and a legion of adoring fans, Tippin has established himself as one of the most recognizable solo country acts of the last two decades.
After toiling in obscurity for several years, Tippin got his break in 1990 when his single "You've Got to Stand for Something" hit the airwaves. With the U.S. involved in the Gulf War at the time, the song was an instant hit with troops and as a result it catapulted into the top 10 on Billboard's country music charts. The tune was off his debut album of the same name, which was released in 1991 and was moderately successful thanks to its first single.
Encouraged by the success of his debut effort, Tippin's follow-up was equally popular. Read Between the Lines, released in 1992, was met with a positive reaction from fans and critics alike, and featured his first number one hit "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio." The record also featured a trio of other popular hits and helped establish him as mainstay in the country genre.
After a pair of albums released in 1993 and 1994, Tippins' fifth effort, 1995's Tool Box continued his hot streak. Paced by the number one hit "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You," the album was eventually certified gold. Tippin closed out the decade with another popular album in 1998, and seemed poised for a strong showing in the new millennium.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Tippin once again took to songwriting to help bring the country together. His patriotic tune "Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly" was released soon after, and struck a chord with a country looking for a rallying cry. The song was an instant hit and had significant crossover success, and all the proceeds from its sales went to the Red Cross' relief efforts.
Tippin's 2009 album, In Overdrive, continued his long-standing support for the working man and features covers of a number of country classics. While it has been more than 20 years since he made his debut, Tippin remains a favorite among country fans.