Aaron Dupree Tippin (born July 3, 1958 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American country music artist and record producer. Initially a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music, he gained a recording contract with RCA Records in 1990.
His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War and helped to establish him as a neotraditionalist country act with songs that catered primarily to the American working class. Under RCA’s tenure, he recorded five studio albums and a Greatest Hits package. By the later half of the 1990s, however, his sales and chart performance began to decline, and he was dropped from the label’s roster.
Tippin switched to Lyric Street Records in 1998, where he recorded four more studio albums, counting a compilation of Christmas music. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, he released the patriotic anthem “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly“; although it was his most successful crossover single, he saw his popularity decline a second time after its release. After parting ways with Lyric Street in 2006, he founded a personal label known as Nippit Records, on which he issued the compilation album Now & Then. A concept album, In Overdrive, was released in 2009.
Tippin has released a total of nine studio albums and two compilations, with five gold certifications and one platinum certification among them. In addition, he has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number Ones: “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” (1992), “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You” (1995), and “Kiss This” (2000), as well as the Top Ten hits “You’ve Got to Stand for Something”, “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way”, “My Blue Angel”, “Working Man’s Ph.D”, “For You I Will”, and “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”.
Tippin’s singing voice is a baritone, characterized by a nasal Southern twang. His phrasing has been compared to Hank Williams for “the catch in the throat, followed by a sliding moan”, as described by Entertainment Weekly reviewer Alanna Nash in her review of Tippin’s debut.
Several of Tippin’s songs, such as “Workin’ Man’s Ph.D” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something”, are mid-tempo anthems that address the working class, and are often patriotic in nature. Occasionally, Tippin records love-themed ballads, such as “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You”. Other songs of his, such as “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” and “Honky Tonk Superman”, are honky tonk-influenced novelties.