Roots & Boots have been down same road

Mar 20 | Posted by: Bombplates

Roots & Boots is a hoot.

At least according to Aaron Tippin.

Taking a break from maintenance on his airplane at an airfield in Tennessee, Tippin stresses how much fun he’s having on the Roots & Boots tour. Fun punctuates nearly every sentence.

He’s earned it. Tippin has teamed with Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw to make an album, All in the Same Boat, and travel under the banner Roots & Boots. All three had their glory days in the 1990s of country music, so the album and the tour are reminders of where they come from and collectively form a popular front.

Kershaw had the idea of teaming up. Each contributes members of their respective bands and the show is a fluid collaboration that emphasizes their many hits.

“I’ll tell you what,” Tippin explains. “People just love the show. They just love it.

“Sometimes we do something different, but people come to hear the hits.”

There are a lot of them.

Between 1990 and 2004, Diffie had a dozen Top 10 hits, becoming known for ballads and novelty songs such as his last Top 10, Bigger Than the Beatles.

Kershaw recorded nine studio albums including three platinum and two gold. His first hit was Cadillac Style but his biggest was She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful.

Tippin notched five gold and one platinum LPs with a random sampling of hits being You’ve Got to Stand for Something, There Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio and Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly. All have emphasized blue-collar roots, something underlined by his airplane maintenance — he does it himself.
“We’re all on the same flight path,” he acknowledges. “But we’re very different people.”

Roots & Boots allows them to show the differences. It features stories behind the songs and exchanges between the three.

“Absolutely,” Tippin exclaims. “How could I not sing along to Joe Diffie or Sammy Kershaw songs?
“It’s all spontaneous.”

And the similarities. All in the Same Boat reflects the attitude under which the recording was taken. Tippin raves about it and claims he’s never had such fun making a record.

“We came down the same road,” he says. “We just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
“I’m always pushing myself to be better, and these guys push me.”

In concert: Roots And Boots
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45.25-$50.25 at ticketmaster.ca

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