By Sheena Barnett
OXFORD – Aaron Hall is originally from Hattiesburg, lives in Oxford, but has a song all about Tupelo.
His music is Mississippi music, soulful and relateable.
Tupelo residents can find a lot to love in his new song “Tupelo Strong,” a song that highlights Tupelo favorites and mourns what was lost in the April 28 tornado.
“Daddy worked at Cooper Tire for over 30 years/Saw the Golden Wave win state in 92/Big storm came and big storm went/Blew down the house that daddy built,” he sings.
For Hall, it’s a storytelling song, like his other works.
“It’s all really love songs,” Hall said about his music. “Some are fast, some are slow. It’s soul music. It’s simple; it’s not real fancy.”
Hall toured Tupelo’s damage after the storm and played at Band Together, a benefit concert for disaster relief. That inspired him to pen “Tupelo Strong.”
Half of the proceeds will go toward disaster relief, and it’s available now.
“I think I put a lot of pressure on (Tupelo) Mayor (Jason) Shelton” in the song, he said. “I say ‘Good ole Mayor Shelton gonna right all these wrongs.’ It’s got stuff in there somebody from Tupelo will appreciate.”
Also this week, Hall will release a new album, “Pink Umbrella.”
He recorded it with members of Lady Antebellum and the North Mississippi Allstars, to name a few, two years ago. A legal fight with the producers slowed the album’s release, but he’s happy to have it out.
That kind of a hiatus means he’s been writing tunes for the next album, which he hopes to start recording in December.
“I’m ready,” he said. “I wish I could go in the studio tomorrow.”
He hopes fans find something to like in his new music, and hopes “Tupelo Strong” helps the city recover.
“I just wanted to do something to make people smile,” he said.