Aaron Tippin Takes His Hobbies Seriously
Before he began singing country music — and long before his 1991 Top 10 debut hit, ‘You’ve Got To Stand For Something’ — Aaron was studying to be an airline pilot. In fact, but for the energy crisis that plagued the nation in the 1970s, Aaron would probably be making a living flying the friendly skies today.
“I was a professional aviator, studying for my airline transport rating before I got into country music, about the same time the energy crunch hit,” Aaron tells the Las Vegas Sun. “But when I saw Delta start furloughing senior captains, I realized … me working as an airline pilot probably wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. So I quit, and started doing what I like next best — picking a guitar and singing a song. I came up from the honky-tonk world.”
As a result of his honky-tonkin’ younger years, Aaron came to realize he needed to start working on his health and taking care of his body. So he decided to learn bodybuilding.
“When I was about 25 and honky-tonkin’ too hard, my first wife threw me out because of that, and I finally decided I was going to try to live past 30,” Aaron admits. “So I started working out and getting in shape. I competed when I was younger, but on the road it’s impossible to compete, because the contests are on the weekends when I’m working. But I still work out, first thing in the morning.”
Today at 51, Aaron, along with wife Thea, is also a fan of great wine. So, naturally, the couple have their own winery.
“Being a Mr. Do-It-Yourselfer, I couldn’t stand it ’til I learned how to make wine,” says Aaron. “Farmer, outdoorsman…” he chuckles, “My wife tells me, I have too many hobbies! I do a little bit of everything. I’m what you call a jack of all trades — master of none!”