Tool Box

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Tool Box
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)
Recorded1995 at Woodland Studio "A" and Emporium Studio "A" (Nashville, TN) [1]
Genre Country
Length35:13
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Steve Gibson
Aaron Tippin chronology
Lookin' Back at Myself
(1994)
Tool Box
(1995)
Greatest Hits… and Then Some
(1997)
Singles from Tool Box
  1. "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You"
    Released: August 28, 1995
  2. "Without Your Love"
    Released: February 3, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Tool Box is the fifth studio album from American country music artist Aaron Tippin. It features the singles "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You", "Without Your Love", "Everything I Own" and "How's the Radio Know". "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You" reached Number One on the Billboard country charts in 1995, giving Tippin the second Number One of his career. "Without Your Love" reached #22, and the other two singles both missed Top 40 in the U.S. The album was certified gold by the RIAA.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music and blues.

Aaron Tippin American country musician and record producer

Aaron Dupree Tippin is an American country music artist and record producer. Initially a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music, he gained a recording contract with RCA Nashville in 1990. His debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something" became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War and helped to establish him as a neotraditionalist country act with songs that catered primarily to the American working class. Under RCA's tenure, he recorded five studio albums and a Greatest Hits package. Tippin switched to Lyric Street Records in 1998, where he recorded four more studio albums, counting a compilation of Christmas music. After leaving Lyric Street in 2006, he founded a personal label known as Nippit Records, on which he issued the compilation album Now & Then. A concept album, In Overdrive, was released in 2009.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

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"You've Always Got Me" was previously recorded by Pearl River on their 1994 album Pearl River , and "Ten Pound Hammer" would later be recorded by Barbara Mandrell on her 1997 album It Works for Me. Additionally, "I Can Help" is a cover of a song originally released by country-pop artist Billy Swan in 1973. "Country Boy's Tool Box" is also reprised from Tippin's 1994 album Lookin' Back at Myself .

Pearl River was an American country music band composed of Jeff Stewart, Chuck Ethredge, Joe Morgan, Derek George, Ken Fleming (drums), and Bryan Culpepper. Signed to Liberty Records in 1993, the band would record two albums: 1993's Find out What's Happening, followed by a self-titled album one year later. This later album replaced Fleming with Steve Argo who was picked by Fleming to be his replacement after Fleming decided to leave the band, and Culpepper with Gary Schiera. The first album also produced a minor hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in the single "Fool to Fall". After disbanding in 1994, some members of Pearl River served as a backing band for Bryan White.

Barbara Mandrell American country music singer and actress

Barbara Ann Mandrell is an American country music singer, musician, and actress. She is known for a long series of country hits in the 1970s and 1980s as well as her own prime-time variety TV show on NBC that helped her become one of country's most successful female vocalists of that period. She gave her last concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 23, 1997, and subsequently retired from performing music. Mandrell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Although retired, Mandrell is still a member of the Grand Ole Opry; an honor she has held since 1972.

William Lance Swan is an American country singer-songwriter, best known for his 1974 single, "I Can Help".

Track listing

  1. "Ten Pound Hammer" (Dennis Linde) – 3:02
  2. "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You" (Sally Dworsky, Paul Jefferson, Jan Leyers) – 3:16
  3. "A Real Nice Problem to Have" (Rick Bowles, Tom Shapiro) – 3:15
  4. "Without Your Love" (Al Anderson, Craig Wiseman) – 3:29
  5. "How's the Radio Know" (Michael P. Heeney, Aaron Tippin) – 3:09
  6. "Everything I Own" (Tony Martin, Reese Wilson) – 3:32
  7. "I Can Help" (Billy Swan) – 3:23
  8. "You Gotta Start Somewhere" (Bob Regan, Shapiro) – 3:02
  9. "She Made a Man Out of a Mountain of Stone" (Terry M. Brown, Tippin) – 2:50
  10. "You've Always Got Me" (Walt Aldridge, Brad Crisler) – 3:03
  11. "Country Boy's Tool Box" (Ronnie Rogers, Tippin) – 3:03

Personnel

As listed in liner notes. [1]

Stuart Duncan American musician

Stuart Duncan is an American bluegrass musician who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo.

Fiddle String instrument

A fiddle is a bowed string musical instrument, most often a violin. It is a colloquial term for the violin, used by players in all genres including classical music. Although violins and fiddles are essentially synonymous, the style of the music played may determine specific construction differences between fiddles and classical violins. For example, fiddles may optionally be set up with a bridge with a flatter arch to reduce the range of bow-arm motion needed for techniques such as the double shuffle, a form of bariolage involving rapid alternation between pairs of adjacent strings. To produce a "brighter" tone, compared to the deeper tones of gut or synthetic core strings, fiddlers often use steel strings. The fiddle is part of many traditional (folk) styles, which are typically aural traditions—taught 'by ear' rather than via written music.

Pedal steel guitar console-type of steel guitar with foot pedals to raise and lower the pitch of the strings

The pedal steel guitar is a console-type of steel guitar with pedals and levers which enable playing more varied and complex music than other steel guitar designs. Like them, it can play unlimited glissandi and deep vibrati—characteristics it shares with the human voice. Pedal steel is most commonly associated with American country music.

Chart performance

Chart (1995)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums12
U.S. Billboard 20063

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References

  1. 1 2 Tool Box (CD). Aaron Tippin. RCA Records. 1995. 07863-66740-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. AllMusic - review