The folks at Fountain of Life Bible Church in Johnson City, put on a great Car and Bike Show at the Appalachian fairgrounds in Gray, Tenn. on Saturday, June 27. And to top it all off, they had Aaron Tippin on stage at 6 p.m. to perform for the crowd.
The church didn’t charge one cent to get in to the fairgrounds, or to go to the concert. They did accept donations to help with their ministry, and I hope everyone felt led to give. They work hard. And they definitely organized a great event.
Back on Feb. 9, I did a review of Aaron’s new CD, “In Overdrive.” You can check out the post by going to the February 2009 listing under Archives on the right. The CD is great, and I was thrilled to hear Aaron do some of the songs from that CD on stage. And if you have a chance to check back through the archives, I got some pictures of Aaron up when he was at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., on Aug. 3 of last year. And I have been fortunate enough to see this great entertainer on several other occasions.
Have you figured out yet that I’m a huge Aaron Tippin fan? There’s so much to this great artist. I’ve said this a thousand times, and even told Aaron – he doesn’t just stand up there and sing. He sings directly to every person in his audience. I believe he makes eye contact with more fans than any other artist I have ever seen in concert. Now granted, it wasn’t in a dark arena, it was outside, at 6 p.m., in the sunshine, and you could really watch what Aaron was doing on stage. But I noticed that same thing when it was an 8 p.m. show, also outside, and not quite dark. I think at those kind of shows it’s easier for the entertainer to see his audience, which I’m sure makes it easier for him to look directly at each of us.
I loved that he did a few songs form the “In Overdrive” CD – he even had a real air horn on stage with him. That was cool! He broke out the Red, White and Blue guitar for “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly,” which is a great song. Of course we couldn’t get through the evening without “Kiss This.”
And he built another bicycle. I’d seen him do that before – he literally builds a bicycle from the frame out, while singing “Working Man’s Ph.D.” And after the bike was built, he called Pastor Victor Brooks out on stage to present him the bicycle as the “first donation to the 2009 Toys For Tots Campaign in this area.” Way to Go, Aaron.
Aaron said that he has been doing that at every show for quite some time now, and has so far built and donated between 800 and 900 bicycles to this very worthwhile cause. He supports our kids, he supports our troops, he’s like the guy next door – so friendly, open and caring. I have never seen Aaron rush off after a concert.
He’s always there for as long as we need him – to sign autographs, pose for pictures, answer questions. And his entire staff is just as nice as he is! They apologize if they stand in front of you, or have to move you out of the way. They are just a friendly, fantastic group of people. When you get to the front of the autograph line, and thank Aaron for the autograph – he is very quick to thank you for coming to the show. When he asks you how you are, you can tell he’s not just asking to be polite, he really wants to know.
Will I be seeing Aaron again? Absolutely! Every chance i get. You can’t walk away from an Aaron Tippin concert and not be totally impressed with the man and his music.
Here’s a few more pictures from Saturday night’s show.
Aaron, thanks for a great concert! And to all of my readers – I’ll talk to you real soon! Take care… and drop me a line when you can!