After a long and successful career with the rock group Staind, Aaron Lewis made the official venture into country music with the release of his first solo EP in 2011. Titled Town Line, the EP established Lewis' name in the genre after it topped the Billboard country albums chart.
Lewis' first full-length studio album, called The Road, followed a year later, and was also an immense success. It broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard country albums chart and also climbed to the 30th spot on the overall chart.
After the success of his first album, Lewis announced on Friday (June 17) that he is gearing up to release his second one in September. The announcement comes with the release of a brand new single as well, called "That Ain't Country".
In the song, Lewis reflects on how country music has changed over the years. He expresses his particular fondness for the music his "granddad used to play," which is built around the traditional country sound.
Lewis mentions several iconic artists whose music he admires as a country artist himself. Just a handful of the many legends he names are Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Willie Nelson. When he names each of these artists, he also mentions something about their music or their personalities that make them "country" in his eyes.
"That Ain't Country" serves as the lead single for Lewis' upcoming studio album, Sinner. The album is set for release on September 16, and Lewis told Blabbermouth.net it is heavily influenced by the traditional country music he mentions in its first single:
"I'd like to think that 'Sinner' is a newer take on classic, traditional outlaw country, Waylon and Merle and Willie, and Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff. That was the music I heard a kid, and that's the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life."
The album contains a total of 11 songs, with the title track being a duet between Lewis and one of the icons mentioned in "That Ain't Country"...Willie Nelson.
Digital versions of Sinner will be available on July 15, and will also include select instant grat tracks. Fans who wish to pre-order a physical copy of the album can do so here.
To go along with the album, Lewis is also embarking on the Sinner tour, which kicks off on October 24. For every ticket purchased to the tour, fans will receive one free digital download of the album when it becomes available.
While you wait for Sinner's release, enjoy listening to its lead single, "That Ain't Country", in the clip below!
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