Aaron Lipp is a gifted singer-songwriter from Naples, NY who has been a professional musician since age 16. Through a multitude of different genre adventures and instrumentation, he has found home in traditional Appalachian old-time music, classic bluegrass sounds, and the blues – all fused into a new sound of the next generation, while paying tribute to the traditions of our ancestors.
Aaron grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at age four. Throughout childhood, he picked up other instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, organ, harmonica, and was surrounded by all types of music from folk and bluegrass to rock and blues. In May 2006, Aaron joined Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a Rochester original roots reggae and dub band. He played a multitude of instruments for the group, including Rhodes, Clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, slide guitar, harmonica, Wurlitzer, lap steel, guitar, and banjo. During this era, Panda put out two live albums – Live Up! Vol.1 & 2, and two studio albums – In These Times and Country. Giant Panda toured constantly all over the country logging nearly half a million miles on the road. Panda later released Steady and Bright Days, which feature Aaron on many instruments and harmony vocals. Throughout these years on the road, Aaron dove into old-time and bluegrass music, learning the traditional practices of clawhammer banjo, bottleneck slide guitar, dobro, flatpicking guitar, blues harp, old time fiddle and upright bass, as well as sacred steel music on the Hammond organ and lap steel guitar.
In March 2013, Aaron began touring with internationally renowned pedal-steel funk/soul guitarist Robert Randolph & The Family Band, playing Hammond B3 organ, keyboards, guitar and singing backup vocals for the group. During this time, he shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Anders Osbourne, The Slide Brothers, and others.
Since early winter 2013, Aaron has taken an extended hiatus from touring to pursue several musical projects as well as original songwriting. He has been the frontman and principal songwriter of the local group The Cabin Killers who have performed at many regional venues and festivals. Aaron also spends time working on several bluegrass and old-time musical projects with members of The Henrie Brothers. He can be found playing regionally with bands such as The Cabin Killers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Campbell Brothers, Axis Armada, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, South Hill Cider String Band, The Prickers and The Henrie Brothers, just to name a few.
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