Aaron Tippin Takes His Hobbies Seriously
Aaron Tippin knows that if he likes something well enough, he's going to have to learn how to do it.
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!"