Country music star Aaron Lewis was the name in everyone’s mouth when his album The Road pierced the genre and grew his country fanbase. Lewis’ pure sound was praised, as is album was chockful of raw, emotional songs with genuine lyrics that was said to embody the classic sound of “real country”.
Lewis sat down with Forbes for an in-depth interview that clarified his musical transition, seeing that the musician was once the frontman of the iconic rock band Staind. Upon being asked of the shift, Lewis was very direct in saying,
“I grew up on country music… So when the time to came do [sic] something different I really didn’t want to do a solo record that stayed in the rock genre. I didn’t want to do something that was gonna constantly get compared to Staind lite.”
The singer admitted that classic country albums carried his childhood, explaining, “Every memory, good and bad, that I have from my childhood, has a country music soundtrack to it.”
While the newfound crooner did admit that his favorite song on his new album is “Sinner”, he expressed that he believes the song makes the album. As for the record, Lewis said, “This record has been done and ready to record for a couple of years. I’ve been playing these songs live for over a year before they were even recorded. I was sick of waiting. But the wait was worth it.”