Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series presents:
Roots & Boots: Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye
Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye
2158 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL, 33907
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Aaron Tippin is a force of nature, a man whose passion for music fuels an array of other vigorous enthusiasms. Apart from writing and recording songs and wowing crowds with his live appearances, Tippin is also a pilot, farmer, winemaker, outdoorsman, competitive bodybuilder and devoted family man. He even runs his own record label. It's no surprise then that so many in the music industry regard this tireless South Carolinian as the "Hillbilly Hercules."
Fresh from unveiling He Believed, his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin has now released a second collection of songs, one that salutes America's truck drivers. It's called In Overdrive and features the trucker classics "East Bound And Down," "Drivin' My Life Away," "Prisoner Of The Highway," "Girl On The Billboard," "Movin' On," "The White Night," "Roll On," "Truck Drivin' Man," "Long White Line," "Drivin' Fool" and "Danger Dave."
In Overdrive was sparked by Tippin's concern that country music had turned its back on its highway heroes. "Seems like somewhere along the line trucking music got shoved off the country music plate," he observes. "I don't understand exactly why. The trucks are still out there. And they're busier than ever keeping America rolling. I know the folks who work and live in the trucking world still love this music—and so do most fans of real country music. This album launches my crusade to bring the music back."
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.
Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90s, Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music both with a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules.
Sammy Kershaw's plan for country music is re-claiming its roots and recapturing the spirit that made it great: The recording studio. "Man, for someone like me who had George Jones music imprinted in my DNA before birth, the last few years have been rough as a fan of country music." noted Kershaw candidly in a recent national interview. "Country music is not a formula it's a music with its own soul and I'm all about saving that soul!" Kershaw's current album "Honky Tonk Boots" promises to be a much-anticipated first step in that plan of salvation.
For the newest Kershaw project, the singers soulful sound and Cajun vocal kick is teamed back-up with the genius of producer Buddy Cannon, whose efforts, like Sammy's, have lined his walls with platinum. Sammy's vibe about his latest studio venture has all the earmarks of a proud father talking about his new arrival "In music, everything is timing. I knew when we were in the studio working on the new album that we had something radio and fans are ready for. The feel of the album is a return to the kind of country music I, and a lot of other people, have missed." Powerful words from a man who has picked, written, and sung a lot of hits.
Often referred to as the heir apparent to the legendary voice himself George Jones, Sammy Kershaw helped make the 90's a shining decade for country music. It's a comparison not lost on Sammy, who grew up in the Cajun country of Louisiana on a diet of crawfish and country music. The oldest of four children, the tragic loss of his father, matured him even faster than the clubs and honky-tonks he was performing in at 12 years old. He speaks openly today of years spent battling substance abuse and addictions. "It's not a period of my life I'm proud of but I do talk about it to encourage kids not to follow in my footsteps." Kershaw recently noted. Helping others is a subject close to the heart that beats within what might often appear to be a tough, macho exterior. Sammy Kershaw is, in fact, a softie when the subject turns to kids. If proof were needed it stands in his hometown of Kaplan, Louisiana. There, Sammy has established the Sammy Kershaw Foundation. Its outreach has extended through donations so far of more than 2 million dollars in aid to children and child related charities. With projects that extend from granting wishes through Make A Wish Foundation to establishing camps for crippled children, the foundation exists to fulfill Sammy's simple goal of improving the lives of children. In the course of breaking into the ranks of stardom in country music, Sammy Kershaw has made contributions to more than just the charts. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as She Don't Know She's Beautiful, I Can't Reach Her Anymore, National Working Woman's Holiday, Love Of My Life, Cadillac Style, Don't Go Near The Water, Haunted Heart, and many other milestones.
In 2010, Sammy is committed to prove that goals are made to be surpassed. His touring dates are true events in today's country music. Life is good and Sammy has a lot to sing about.
Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990's. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals, making him one of the greatest vocalists of our time.
Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His fiery delivery has made country standards of such searing ballads as "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Not That Different" and "Little Rock." Always an electrifying showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as "My Kind of Girl," "That's My Story," "I Can Still Feel You" and "I Want You Bad."
Collin shot to fame with "Love, Me" in 1991. Listeners were so touched that they used its lyrics at funerals and memorial services. That set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful songs. "Little Rock" was an anthem for the recovery community. "Not That Different" pleaded for tolerance. "In This Life" became a wedding favorite. He won awards for the child advocacy video "I Think About You."
Five times nominated as country music's Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals and Make a Difference Day. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization's Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin's issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.
The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as "On the Verge," "One Boy, One Girl," "What the Heart Wants," "Every Second" and "That Was a River" is finally ready for another round of successes. "I believe in Providence," says Collin Raye. "I believe there's a reason things happen the way they do. I also believe that if you've treated people right and you continue to work hard at your craft, things will happen. I want to keep going. I want hit records. I want to make music."