FOLSOM — A legendary trio of country veterans gets back to the roots of their music with stories and songs. With more than 100 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 42 top singles and14 No. 1 songs between them, good buddies Aaron Tippon, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw perform on stage together for two acoustic evenings, March 18 & 19, filled with “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” “John Deere Green,” “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and so many more.
Remarking on the continuing success of the tour to Billboard.com, Sammy Kershaw said, “The audience gets to see a lighter side of the artists … but they come for the music, and nobody leaves unsatisfied.”
With all three artists on stage at the same time, there’s time to goof off, talk and tell stories; the audience gets to see their personalities more than in a standard concert format. Here each artist sings a hit song and then they start over again, with stories along the way. Every show is unique ; the song list changes every night.
These veteran entertainers also fully appreciate the talents of each other. According to an interview in Billboard.com, Kershaw said he “thinks the tour is working so well because of the unique vocal styles of the three men on stage.”
“I think that’s what we all loved about country music. We had stylists,” he explained. “I think Joe Diffie is the greatest country singer in Nashville. When you hear Aaron Tippin on the radio, you know exactly who it is. And, he can deliver those songs like nobody else. I am such a fan of his. He’s a great live singer. Some singers have great records, but can’t sing live. That’s the truth.”
Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open with his uncompromising single “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” His voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio,” “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You,” “My Blue Angel: and “Kiss This.” Five of his albums are certified “Gold” and a sixth CD— “Read Between The Lines” — stands at the “Platinum” level. Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience.
Since he first topped the charts in 1990 with Home, Diffie has remained on a steady course, staying true to his Oklahoma roots and delivering hit after hit totaling 12 No. 1’s, 20 top 10’s and four gold and platinum albums. When you attend a Diffie concert, you’re not waiting for him to sing his hit and you’re waiting for him to sing your hit. Whether it’s, “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Pickup Man,” “John Deere Green” or “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),”Diffie’s music always makes you remember where you were the first time you heard it.
In the course of breaking into the ranks of stardom in country music, Kershaw has made contributions to more than just the charts. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” “Haunted Heart” and many other milestones.
Roots and Boots will perform at Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19. Tickets are $39 to $55. with premium tickets available for $65. Purchase them online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.