--[if IE 5]> Vignette StoryServer 6.0 Tue Jun 17 17:31:14 2008 You've Got to Stand for Something | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly
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Lead Performance: Aaron Tippin; Genre: Country/Bluegrass

Aaron Tippin You've Got to Stand for Something (RCA; CD, T, bonus track on CD) A South Carolina specialist in country blues and ballads, Tippin virtually explodes off his debut disc, his performances fueled with the energy of a turbocharged Chevy. He uses humor, pointed language, and the vocal technique of Hank Williams-the catch in the throat, followed by a sliding moan-to sell his songs of redneck angst. Tippin zeroes in on the hopelessness of blue- collar frustration with the very first lines of ''I Wonder Just How Far It Is Over You'': ''I parked my car beside the highway/And I didn't lock the door/ Left a note there with the keys/'If it cranks, well, friend she's yours.''' A -Alanna Nash


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