A country music triple-threat, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie, bring their "Roots and Boots" tour to Modesto on Wednesday for a show at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The acoustic night features the three country favorites together on one stage, all boasting talent with different singing techniques: Aaron Tippin, with his relatable mid-tempo anthems that the blue collar fans love; Joe Diffie, known for his ballads and fun tunes, but sung with honky-tonk attitude; and Sammy Kershaw, the ragin' Cajun who's trademark drawl has sung many big hits, including "She Don't Know She's Beautiful."
Tippin is a man whose passion for music fuels an array of other vigorous enthusiasms.
Tippin released a collection of songs 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."
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he hit the country music scene in 1990 with his uncompromising "You've Got To Stand For Something."
On the strength of that 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 patriotic hits include "You've Got to Stand for Something" and "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly." His other hits include "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio," "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You" and "Kiss This."
An American country music singer known for his ballads and novelty songs, Diffie worked as a demo singer in the 1980s, before he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990.
Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 cuts on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five number one singles: his debut release "Home," "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," "Third Rock from the Sun," "Pickup Man" (his longest-lasting number one, at four weeks) and "Bigger Than the Beatles." In addition to these cuts, he has 12 other top 10 singles and 10 other top 40 hits on the same chart.
He also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina, and has recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones and Marty Stuart.
Diffie released seven studio albums, a Christmas album and a greatest hits package under the Epic label. He also released one studio album each through Monument Records, Broken Bow Records and Rounder Records.
Among his albums, 1993's "Honky Tonk Attitude" and 1994's "Third Rock from the Sun" are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; 1992's "Regular Joe" and 1996's "Life's So Funny" are both certified gold. His album, "Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album," was released in late 2010 through Rounder.
Since his debut on the music scene in the early '90s, Sammy 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.
Kershaw's plan for country music is re-claiming its roots and recapturing the spirit that made it great: The recording studio.
Often referred to as the heir apparent to the legendary voice himself George Jones, Kershaw helped make the '90s a shining decade for country music. Kershaw's biggest hits include "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Cadillac Style," "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer," "Third Rate Romance," and many more.
WHAT: Roots and Boots Tour featuring Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100