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Family, ambition drive Tippin to success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s always full speed ahead for Aaron Tippin. Whether it’s a decision in the country singer’s professional or personal life, that’s just the way he goes.

“There’s not time for being tired,” he says during a recent interview. “I live my life with passion and that’s the only way I know.”

Tippin has released nearly a dozen albums and is celebrating his 20th year in the music business. He has five gold albums and one platinum certification and has charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts.

His latest album, “In Overdrive,” is a tribute to all the truck drivers in the United States and is the theme for his current tour.

“We try to plan the most entertaining show we can for the fans,” he explains. “If they don’t leave there saying ‘Wow,’ then I haven’t done my job. The set list for the show is usually based around the theme of the tour. This year it’s trucking.”

Tippin doesn’t just stick to making music. The country star is an entrepreneur – he’s started Tip Top Entertainment, has two hunting supply stores called Aaron Tippin Firearms in Smithville, Tenn., and Oak City, N.C.

He’s also an instrument-rated commercial pilot with single and multiengine ratings and is a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. His latest endeavor with his wife, Thea, is a nutrition line called ATN: Aaron Tippin Nutrition.

“Staying fit is as much part of my life as music is. It’s a daily requirement,” he says. “Thea and I exercise each morning. We use products from our nutrition line. It’s a lifestyle for us and a family affair. I’m 53 years old, so if I am going to run around on stage like a 23-year-old, I need to stay fit.”

Tippin credits his family for helping him sustain his career in music for two decades. His wife and children are always on tour with him.

“Thea is not only my wife, but business partner as well as a songwriter,” he explains. “Thea and I go to music business meetings and on tour. Keeping them close helps keep my life balanced.”

Aaron Tippin
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
WHERE: Camel Rock Casino, 17486A U.S. 285, north of Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $20-$35 at www.camelrockcasino.com or 800-462-2635

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