At America Remembers, we love country music. If you grew up with it, you know that it stays with you forever. If you’re new to it, you know there is nothing else quite like it. From the emotional intensity of George Jones’ voice to the roots-inspired guitar chords of Marty Stuart— from Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’” to the newer sounds of country greats in the making— the legacy of country music lives on.
Waylon Jennings once said, “If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones.” By most accounts, George Jones was the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music. Initially, he was a hardcore honky-tonker in the tradition of Hank Williams, but over the course of his career he developed an affecting, nuanced ballad style. His voice is pure, but his songs are never simple. From “Wine Colored Roses” to “He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones has one of the most distinctive, pure sounds in the history of country music.
Just as George Jones is a bonafide country music legend, the Winchester is a legendary American firearm. Our special tribute to the “Possum” and his lifetime of musical excellence is a genuine working Model 94 Winchester in caliber .30-30. Only 300 Tribute rifles have been authorized in the edition. Specially decorated for America Remembers by skilled craftsmen we have commissioned for this project, the Model 94 is a classic firearm and reflects the Western influence on country music from the early days through today’s modern era. For over a century, the Model 94 has been a Western standard, “The Rifle That Won The West.”
You know him from his duets with Loretta Lynn. You know him from “Hello Darlin’.” You know him as a master of the slow ballad, and you know him because his songs—a whopping 40 of which were Number Ones on the Billboard chart— ache with emotion. He is as popular today as he ever was. Just recently, his version of “The Rose” was featured in the current season of HBO’s True Detective.
In choosing an appropriate canvas for the Conway Twitty™ Tribute, we chose the classic American sidearm: the Colt® Government Model® Pistol in .45 ACP. We believe it is the perfect firearm to honor Conway’s love for America, as well as his proud service to this country as a member of the United States Army.
Marty Stuart personally selected the Single Action Revolver for this Tribute, with the distinctive 7 1/2″ barrel made famous by legends of the Old West. The Single Action Revolver is the classic firearm of the Old West era. It was carried by most of the legends of the Wild West including both lawmen and outlaws. It was also a favorite of the legendary Hollywood western stars. Strictly limited to an edition of only 300 Tributes, America Remembers worked closely with Marty Stuart to design the artwork for the Tribute.
Aaron Tippin wears many hats: singer, songwriter, entertainer, licensed pilot, firearms enthusiast, and, most of all, proud American. He’s won the admiration of millions of fans around the world, has racked up an impressive list of awards and honors throughout his career, and through it all he’s remained down to earth and true to his principles, garnering the reputation of “The Hardest Working Man in Country Music.” The principles and strong family values for which he stands for are just as strong today as when he started his career, and he continues to stand up for what he believes as a sincere man of integrity who loves his country.
The Aaron Tippin Tribute Colt .45 Pistol highlights Aaron Tippin’s spectacular career as a singer/songwriter, country music star, American patriot, and dedicated entertainer to fans around the world. Aaron is especially passionate about entertaining those serving in the United States military overseas, and paying tribute to our United States veterans.