Aaron Lewis certainly struck gold with the release of his debut country single "Country Boy." The track was featured three times on Lewis' first country EP Town Line, which was released in 2011.
The three versions of "Country Boy" on the album were the radio edit, an acoustic version, and a collaborative rendition that featured vocals from country legends George Jones and Charlie Daniels, as well as Chris Young. It was the radio edit of the song that was shipped as a single.
"Country Boy" charted at the 50th spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart following its release. It also found a home on multiple rock charts, and because of this, managed to claim the 87th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
As the years passed, more people started to hear "Country Boy." It eventually became an anthem of sorts for country folks far and wide, as its message is easily relatable.
In "Country Boy," Lewis opens by singing about the rural area that he grew up in, and how his family's roots run deep there. He then goes on to sing about his decision to leave the country and head out to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.
But while there, "The Man" tries to persuade Lewis to give up every aspect of his past life and completely change the person he is. Lewis refuses to surrender to his demands, singing, "No that's not me...cause a country boy is all I'll ever be."
To feel the full power of "Country Boy" and its message, you need to watch Lewis sing it live. During an appearance at the famed venue the Bluestone in Columbus, Ohio, Lewis treated the crowd to a strong performance of "Country Boy" and they were singing along within seconds.
You can watch Lewis take a stand for the man he is by watching his live performance of "Country Boy" in the video below.
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