It’s no surprise then that so many in the music industry regard this tireless South Carolinian as the “Hillbilly Hercules.”
Tippin will perform at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in historic downtown Greeneville on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Fresh from unveiling “He Believed,” his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin has now released a second collection of songs. One song called “In Overdrive” salutes America’s truck drivers and features the trucker classics such as “East Bound And Down,” “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Prisoner Of The Highway,” “Girl On The Billboard,” “Movin’ On,” “The White Knight,” “Roll On,” “Truck Drivin’ Man,” “Long White Line,” “Drivin’ Fool” and “Danger Dave.”
“In Overdrive” was sparked by Tippin’s concern that country music had turned its back on its highway heroes.
“Seems like somewhere along the line trucking music got shoved off the country music plate,” he said. “I don’t understand exactly why. The trucks are still out there and they’re busier than ever keeping America rolling. I know the folks who work and live in the trucking world still love this music — and so do most fans of real country music. This album launches my crusade to bring the music back.”
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open in 1990 with his uncompromising “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” On the strength of that remarkable song, comedian Bob Hope invited Tippin to appear with him when he toured the Mideast to entertain the troops of Desert Storm. Tippin has been a favorite of — and a standby for — America’s fighting forces ever since. In the years that followed, Tippin’s voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio,” “My Blue Angel,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” “The Call Of The Wild,” “I Got It Honest,” “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You,” “For You I Will” and “Kiss This,” a cheeky No. 1 song he co-wrote with his wife and partner-in-everything, Thea.
He became immediately enraged by the sneak attacks of 9/11 and quickly remembered a song he’d recently penned, “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly.” He instantly booked studio time and rushed to Nashville and tracked this emotional anthem that reminds countless people what it means to be an American.
Tippin has since journeyed to Iraq and Afghanistan to sing for the troops. Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience. Five of his albums are certified Gold — “Call Of The Wild,” “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” “Lookin’ Back At Myself”, “Tool Box” and “People Like Us”. A sixth CD — “Read Between The Lines” — stands at the Platinum level.
Tickets for the show are $25 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $15 for balcony seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office or by calling 638-1679. NPAC offers online seat selection and no-fee ticketing. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am until 5 pm. The 1130 seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School in Greeneville. For venue information please visit www.npacgreeneville.com.