Tippin will perform at annual Porterfield Country Music fest

Jun 9 | Posted by: Bombplates

PORTERFIELD — An entertainer who had a solid run of success in the 1990s and into this century will perform at this year’s Porterfield Country Music Festival.

Aaron Tippin will take the stage at about 8:30 p.m. June 21. He will precede Joe Diffie. It will be Tippin’s third appearance (1992 and 2001) at the festival.

The 32nd annual event takes place June 19-22 at Green's Green Acres, located about six miles west of Marinette just off Highway 64.

Tippin burst on the scene in 1990 with the hit “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” off the album by the same name. The song reached No. 6 and became an anthem for American soldiers fighting in Desert Storm.

The next year, he scored his first No. 1 hit with the catchy tune, “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio.” He scored two other No. 1 songs — “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You” in 1995 and “Kiss This” in 2000.

All told, Tippin has had nine Top 10 songs, the last being “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” which reached No. 2 in 2001. That song was recorded shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

Some of his other hits include, “My Blue Angel,” “Workin’ Man’s Ph.D” and “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way.”

Tippin, born in Florida but raised in South Carolina, worked as a singer on the nightclub scene in the 1970s.  He also spent time as a farm hand, welder, pilot and truck driver.

He moved to Nashville in 1986 and became a writer where he penned songs for David Ball, Charley Pride and others.

His break came in that same year when he competed on TNN’s You Can Be A Star talent contest which landed him a song publishing contract.

Tippin has opened two hunting supply stores, one in Tennessee and one in North Carolina. He’s also an avid body builder and many in the music industry refer to him as the “Hillbilly Hercules.”

Tippin and his wife, Thea, live on a 500-acre farm in middle Tennessee with their two sons, Tom and Ted. It’s also the home base for his hangar (complete with four working aircrafts), runway, recording studio and winery.

Some other entertainers scheduled to appear at Porterfield include Sawyer Brown, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and Phil Vassar.

Weekend tickets for the festival are $125. Daily tickets are $65. More information can be found at www.countrymusicfestival.com.

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