Tulsa, Oklahoma (October 3, 2018) – Amid the smell of corn dogs, the clanking of midway rides and flashing of a giant Ferris wheel at the Tulsa State Fair, a trio of country performers including Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye, hit the Oklahoma stage on their Roots and Boots tour. The tour highlights the signature sounds of these three talented men and many of you may remember these three from the era of 90’s country. Between the three of them, they have almost seventy Top 40 hits. The trio can still draw a crowd, as fans packed the seats and welcomed the performers to the Oklahoma stage with screams and applause.
Performing the first three songs as a group, Sammy Kershaw’s song, “Vidalia” was the opener, followed by Aaron Tippin’s hit, “Workin’ Man’s Ph.D.” and Collin Raye’s, “That’s My Story”. After that, each musician followed with an extended set of his own hits.
Starting the solo sets off, was Sammy Kershaw. Kershaw has eleven Top 10 singles under his belt, as well as two #1 hits. He took time during his set, to touch on the fact that he’s been performing at clubs in his native Louisiana since he was 12 years old and that country had changed a lot. So much so that he doesn’t “recognize what’s coming out of Nashville these days.” With his trademark drawl and a twinkle in his eye, Kershaw performed a string of his hits including, “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”, “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer”, “Cadillac Style”. Towards the end of his set, Kershaw worked the stage, grabbing handfuls of Mardi Gras beads to throw out to those in the crowd.
Following Sammy Kershaw, was Aaron Tippin. His distinctive baritone voice took command of the stage as he belted out one of his best-known hits, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” followed by ” There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With the Radio”. Taking a moment to grab his patriotic Stars and Stripes guitar, Tippin introduced his next song, “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly” a song he co-wrote after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Quipping that if you didn’t like “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly“, Tippin told the audience they could, “Kiss This” and launched into the familiar strains of the song. Some might not realize that Tippin’s wife Thea, actually had a hand in writing this song.
Anchoring the evening, was Collin Raye, a staple in the 90’s country music scene, who has an impressive 24 Top Ten records and sixteen #1 hits. Some of these numerous hits were included in the set, such as “Little Rock”, “I Can Still Feel You”, “My Kind of Girl” and “Little Red Rodeo”. All three artists were energetic, but Collin Raye constantly worked the stage, getting up close and personal to fans and belting out his hits.
If you’re a fan of traditional country from the 1990’s, you’ll want to check these three talented musicians out. Although they regularly tour together on the Roots and Boots tour, it appears there are no remaining dates for the rest of 2018 for the tour. However, Tippin, Raye and Kershaw all have individual tour dates for the rest of the year, which can be found at their websites, linked below.