Aaron Tippin a crowd pleaser at fair

May 3 | Posted by: Bombplates

Anderson Independent Mail, S.C.May 3, 2014

Country music artist Aaron Tippin came home to the Upstate on Friday night to play his music for more than 1,000 fans at the Anderson County Fair.

The self-described "ol' South Carolina hillbilly boy" from Travelers Rest delivered some of the biggest hits from his two-decade-plus career, including "Honky Tonk Superman," "Ready to Rock (in a Country Kind of Way)" and his first No. 1 song on the country charts, "I'm No Angel."

Tippin, 55, bounced and strutted across the concert stage for nearly an hour and a half in front of fans old and new, dancing, telling stories and rooting on his five-piece backing band from the stage set up next to the fair's midway in the west parking lot of the Anderson Civic Center.

The singer introduced "Big Boy's Toys" by admitting to being the "Fred Sanford of Country Music" --- referring both to the classic '70s TV comedy "Sanford and Son" and the collection of junk tractors, trucks, motorcycles, guns, airplanes and other machinery on his farm outside Nashville, Tenn.

"I'm the only country singer in Nashville with my own person junkyard," Tippin joked.

"You've Got to Stand for Something" drew some of the biggest cheers of the night. Tippin recalled playing the song for the first time in 1991 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for U.S. troops as part of an USO tour with the comedian Bob Hope. He said the time has flown by.

"Next year, I'll have 25 years in country music. It'll be my silver anniversary and I've got the hair to prove it!" Tippin yelled as he tore off his cap to raucous laughter.

Tippin maintained a staple of his concerts, giving away a new bicycle for this year's Toys for Tots Christmas drive. Fans yelled "USA-USA-USA" as the singer introduced two local Marine recruiters.

The music continues Saturday on the fair's main stage at 7:30 p.m. with Doug McCormick and Outshyne. The fair is open on the grounds of the civic center from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Visit www.thegreatandersoncountyfair.com for more information.
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