Aaron, a resident of Pineywoods, recently released a single titled “Little Miss Moonshine.” He wrote the tune himself in January 2013.
“I was thinking about how CMT and VH1 are just a bunch of reality shows now. I thought, ‘What happened to the days when you could sit down and watch a music video?’ The idea for ‘Little Miss Moonshine’ came from that,” Aaron said.
Aaron wrote the song with a concept for a video in mind.
After a country boy spends all night partying with the girl of his dreams, he pulls her close in the final shot, and it is revealed that she is actually a jug of moonshine.
Aaron had no intention of recording the song until a chance encounter with Nashville producer Greg Lowery at a local gas pump.
Aaron and Lowery struck up a conversation at the Quick Stop on Highway 69 last August. After hearing what Lowery does for a living, Aaron convinced him to drive to his house to listen to “Little Miss Moonshine.”
“When I played it for him on the acoustic, I got done and he started laughing. I thought, ‘Man, he hates it.’ He said, ‘If you had told me that I was going to be at a state trooper’s house listening to him sing a song about moonshine this morning, you could have pushed me over with a feather,’” Aaron said.
Lowery went so far as to say the song sounded like something he had heard on the radio. Aaron quickly produced the paperwork showing that he had the rights to it.
“Friends of mine said, ‘If somebody heard that, they would be making money off of it and you would be sitting there twiddling your thumbs.’ I’ve written probably 100 songs. This is the first one that I went through the trouble to get a copyright,” Aaron said.
A month later, Aaron was in Nashville recording the song at OmniSound Studios.
“Little Miss Moonshine” was released in June.
It is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
Aaron has also been selling the single at local festivals.
He is donating a portion of the proceeds to The Forever Blue Foundation, which gives financial assistance to family members of officers who are killed in the line of duty.
According to the nonprofit’s website, 160 officers a year are killed on the job.
Aaron prefers The Forever Blue Foundation because it offers more than a tribute to a fallen officer.
“Other organizations are more about getting your name on a wall. My name on a wall isn’t going to help my wife pay the bills,” Aaron said.
Aaron has been a trooper for six years, but he has been a singer for most of his life.
He began singing in local gospel groups when he was 15 years old.
He is currently a member of the band Redemption, a trio of local law enforcement officers.
Since the release of “Little Miss Moonshine,” Aaron has often been asked why he is still working as a state trooper.
“Music is my passion, but law enforcement pays the bills right now,” he said. “It would be great to get a record deal, but it would be just as rewarding to know that I have kept some officer’s family from losing their vehicle or their house.”
For more information about Aaron, visit his Facebook page — Adam Aaron Music.