Country Comes Callin' At Aladdin

By: Kenneth Hall

Some of the brightest stars in the country western sky will be shining at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in December when the Strip's newest resort celebrates the National Finals Rodeo.

Mark Chesnutt and Aaron Tippin kick off the festivities with a two-day stay December 8th and 9th.

Chesnutt is a talented Texan who is currently riding the charts with his MCA CD, "Lost in The Feeling." Most singers will tell you they tour to support their latest album but not Mark. "I make records because I want people to come see my show," he says. His record hits will be a prominent part of the show at the Aladdin along with other songs personally picked by Chesnutt.

Sharing the spotlight with Mark Chesnutt will be Aaron Tippin, a native of Greer, South Carolina. Tippin spent his high school years hanging around the local airport with his father, a professional pilot. It was assumed that Aaron would follow in his dad's footsteps. He got his multi engine rating as well as his instrument certification, but Aaron took naturally to country music, and in 1986 he moved to Nashville. He signed a record deal with RCA. While there he released one platinum and four gold albums. In 1998 he signed with Disney's Lyric Street Records, and his first album titled, "What This Country Needs," came out in October of that year.

Aaron's music has always been a mixture of tough and tender, romantic and philosophical. His first hit, "You've Got To Stand For Something," established him as an artist with something to say and a compelling country voice to say it.

Fans who hear Aaron at the Aladdin will get a chance to experience his warmth in bonding with the audience through his music.

The country hits just keep coming when Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker take over the stage at the Aladdin Theatre on December 12th and 13th.

Since bursting onto the country music scene in 1991, Tracy Lawrence has sold more than seven million albums and watched 18 of his 24 single releases reach the coveted #1 position on national music trade charts. Lawrence's success stems from the fact that he is a formidable stylist with a unique and instantly recognizable voice. Combine that with his knack for finding songs that weave drama, emotion and philosophy out of the homespun and universal alike.

Tracy has built his legacy on such hits as "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," and "Time Marches On." The 23-year-old singer has completed his ninth album for Atlantic Records anchoring him solidly among the ranks of the traditionalists of country music. Visitors to the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts can count on time-tested music when Tracy Lawrence appears.

Clay Walker admits that he is passionately in love with music. His seventh album, "Say No More," is a clear demonstration of that passion. "I haven't ever put this much time or as much heart and soul into an album, not even my first one," says Walker. "I let it all hang out, gave everything I have to this." He goes on to note, "This album is more about real situations, it's more where people live, less dreamy, nothing slick." His appearance at the Aladdin will clearly demonstrate that his country roots go deep and remain strong.

For the second time the platinum-selling trio SHeDAISY, country music's freshest, fastest rising stars will bring their adventuresome, freewheeling and richly textured tunes to the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 15th.

SHeDAISY casts as wide a net as any popular country act when it comes to subject matter. They have brought the punch of the best of today's pop and rock to a country sound that pushes the musical envelope in a variety of ways.

Fans, new and old, will get a clear demonstration of why the terrific trio received nominations for a Grammy, an American Music Award, an Academy of Country Music Award and a Country Music Association Award all in one year.