You've Got to Stand for Something A South Carolina specialist in country blues and ballads, Tippin virtually explodes off his debut disc, You've Got to Stand for Something , his performances… You've Got to Stand for Something A South Carolina specialist in country blues and ballads, Tippin virtually explodes off his debut disc, You've Got to Stand for Something , his performances… Aaron Tippin Country
Music Review

You've Got to Stand for Something (1991)

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Details Lead Performance: Aaron Tippin; Genre: Country

A South Carolina specialist in country blues and ballads, Tippin virtually explodes off his debut disc, You've Got to Stand for Something, his performances fueled with the energy of a turbocharged Chevy. He uses humor, pointed language, and the vocal technique of Hank Williams — the catch in the throat, followed by a sliding moan — to sell his songs of redneck angst. Tippin zeroes in on the hopelessness of blue- collar frustration with the very first lines of ''I Wonder Just How Far It Is Over You'': ''I parked my car beside the highway/And I didn't lock the door/ Left a note there with the keys/'If it cranks, well, friend she's yours.''' A

Originally posted Jan 25, 1991 Published in issue #50 Jan 25, 1991 Order article reprints
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