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Performers continue to entertain
December 6, 2017

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If fan appreciation is any indication, Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley put on an impressive show outside the Lee Civic Center Saturday.

The Country Christmas Concert, the first concert in a number of years at venue, was attended by several hundred old-school country music lovers.

Tippin rose to fame during the 1990s with hits such as "You Gotta Stand for Something" and "Kiss This." Worley came around at the turn of the millennium with songs such as "Have You Forgotten" and "I Miss My Friend."

Tippin said the industry has changed a lot in that time, from the sound to the fans.

"The fans I see are either from the '90s or are their kids listening to me. Those kids also love the new stuff," Tippin said. "The '90s was the biggest time ever. Today there are about six acts selling platinum, whereas in the '90s there were 15. Those were great times."

Worley said he has done many Florida shows, which he always enjoys.

"It was good to come back and be in the area. We did some radio interviews and got to talk with people I hadn't spoken to in a long time," Worley said. "It was like a homecoming."

The intimate setting allowed for fans to get a more up-close experience, while TV cameras caught their every move as the concert was being shown worldwide on Wherever TV, a Fort Myers-based company that presents artists to a worldwide audience.

Tippin and Worley said they are among the flagship performers for the site, which will feature the artists both in and out of their workplace, as well as giving their fans a chance to preview some of the new music they put out.

"We'll have channels of just Aaron Tippin. All me, all the time; all you can stand," Tippin said. "It goes with everything from music to lifestyle. Who we are and what we do."

Worley said this gives them a new outlet for their music and their fans a way to see them in a different light.

"We're going to do special shows that showcases new talent. We do a lot of hunting and fishing and it will give us a chance to build content and entertain our fans," Worley said.

Tippin released a 25-year retrospective album two years ago, where he redid some of his hits, put out new music, as well as perform several songs he would never have done when country was king.

"I'd love to do a gospel album or a bluegrass album. Record labels were heavy-handed on what we can put out. I usually ended up on the other side of what I wanted to do," Tippin said.

Worley has a new single coming out "Lonely Alone," which will be on his Greatest Hits collection and is currently playing on satellite radio.

But most everyone came to hear him sing "Have You Forgotten," his biggest hit, which laments people's feelings about going to Iraq and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Worley said the song is timeless and that his younger fans who may not have remembered, never mind forgotten, should think of the song as more of a tribute to those in uniform, be they soldiers or first responders.

"I have young people tell me they don't know what the song is about. I tell them it's about being a good American and loving and caring for the people who sacrifice everything for our way of life," Worley said.

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