Tippin Returns To Town & Country Days
Just two years after energizing the stage at Town and Country Days, country music star Aaron Tippin is coming back by popular demand to close out this year’s event on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Tippin has charted more than 30 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs including several number ones such as: “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio”, “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You”, and “Kiss This”. Following Sept. 11, 2001, he released the political composition “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”, which became a theme for soldiers fighting overseas.
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open in 1990 with his uncompromising “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” On the strength of that remarkable song, comedian Bob Hope invited Tippin to appear with him when he toured the Mideast to entertain the troops of Desert Storm. Tippin has been a favorite of-and a standby for-America’s fighting forces ever since.
Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience. His appearance at Town and Country Days will surely add more to his fan base.
Opening for Tippin will be Zac Paxton at 7 p.m. The country singer/songwriter from northeast Ohio literally slept in a guitar case growing up. His father, a bluegrass musician, has fronted the band Get Out and Push for Zach’s entire life and used to take the family to festivals all over the countryside. It was in the traditions of this musical style and those late night jam sessions that Zach honed his songwriting skills and musical talents. It wasn’t long before Zach started his own band “Futuregrass” and started performing as a regional act. It was during these times that he and his bandmates learned what an audience wanted, basically to have fun and share good music and they had no problem delivering high energy shows.
Another big name on the Town and Country Days stage will be the Bellamy Brothers, Friday at 8:30 p.m.
For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous number one hits on both the pop and country charts.
Howard and David Bellamy were influenced early in their career while touring with R&B acts like Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd and Little Anthony, and the Imperials. Later, the duo benefited from time spent around the blossoming Country/Rock scene in Atlanta, Ga. After moving to the West Coast in the early ’70s, however, the Brothers developed their own sound and scored perhaps the biggest hit of their career in 1976 with “Let Your Love Flow.” The song was a smash in both the U.S. and Europe, shooting to the top of the Pop charts and helping establish an international fan base that still eagerly awaits the Bellamys’ annual pilgrimage overseas.
The Brothers continued to produce number-one hit after number-one hit in the years that followed, totaling more than a dozen chart-topping singles in the U.S. and Europe. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” “Sugar Daddy,” “Dancin’ Cowboys,” “Do You Love As Good As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “When I’m Away From You,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Kids of the Baby Boom,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,” “Crazy From the Heart,” “Santa Fe” and “I Could Be Persuaded” are just some of the Bellamys’ top-10 hits that populated the pop/rock and country charts from the 1970s into the 1990s.
Opening for the Bellamy Brothers will be The Ebert Brothers at 7 p.m. The local music legends are celebrating 45 years of entertaining. The late Norbert Ebert was the long-time music chairman of Town and Country Days.
Other remaining stage acts are some up-and-comers in the country music industry.
Tonight, 8:30 p.m., a Taylor County, W.Va., country group, Taylor Made, will perform. Comprised of siblings Wendy Williams, Greg Duckworth, and Brian Duckworth, the group’s hallmark is their three-part sibling harmony. That style is debuted in their first single “Heavy Duty Beauty”. “Our mom taught us to sing,” explains Wendy. “We would all sing on the back porch and the neighbors would holler out songs they wanted us to sing.” Despite being raised in a home where music was a way of life rather than a hobby, the siblings of Taylor Made are the only three out of the seven total Duckworth siblings who have taken to performing as adults.
Initially pursuing solo careers, the siblings formed trio I-79 just days before the Colgate Country Showdown with hopes of competing in and winning the competition. Not only did the group win first place, but each individual member also came to the realization that they operated best when performing together. “We started with an a capella note on the first song and, coming out of that big system, there was definitely a ‘wow’ feeling,” Greg says.
After their first single “Heavy Duty Beauty” charted high on both Independent and Music Row charts, the group signed with West Virginia based record label, Little General Records. Their newest single, “Good Love”, was also produced by Morris and songwriter/producer Dan Mitchell (“If You’re Gonna Play in Texas You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band”) and reached #28 on the Music Row Chart, #42 on the Billboard Indicator Chart, #5 in New Music Weekly and #1 on many Major Independent Charts. They also won New Vocal Group of the year in New Music Weekly. Currently their single “That’s What Life Is” is moving up the Billboard Indicator chart.
Of course Town and Country Days is much more than just stage entertainment. The track offers great events each night: Wednesday, Championship Buckeye Rodeo Events, Midstates Rodeo Association and American Professional Rodeo Sanctioned Event; Thursday, 4×4 Truck Pulls; Friday, Demolition Derby; Saturday, Mud Bog. The mud bog begins at 2 p.m., but all other track events start at 7 p.m. For more information on any of the track events, contact Ricky Stillwagoner at 304-771-8797.
Town and Country Day’s schedule is loaded with delightful reasons for area residents to attend the fair this year. Daily there are commercial, home, livestock, and produce exhibits; Bingo; and drawing for prizes; as well as carnival rides and games by Deshler Amusements, which are included with the price of admission. Admission for age five and up is $8 per day, Monday through Thursday, and $9 on Friday and Saturday. Season passes are available for $30.
As is traditional, Thursday is Senior Day, with those age 65 and up admitted free until 1 p.m. Also on that day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be holding a non-perishable food drive. In conjunction with West Virginia’s 150th birthday, anyone bringing in a non-perishable item will be given a West Virginia lapel pin and a ticket for a chance to win a West Virginia state flag. All food item collected will be given to local food banks.
For a schedule of events visit townandcountrydays.org.