Kimmel welcomes "Country Boy" Lewis
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
– Stain front man Aaron Lewis will mark the March 1 release of his solo debut CD, "Town Line," with a performance that night on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Lewis will perform "Country Boy," the CD's first single.
Lewis, who is releasing the disc through Stroudavarious Records, will appear the previous day on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline."
In its first week, the song sold more than 20,000 digital singles and has sold more than 182,000 copies (more than 21,000 last week alone, outselling the top 5 most-played songs at rock radio combined).
The CD was produced by James Stroud and Lewis. With Staind, he released the most-played rock song of the decade, It's Been Awhile, sold 13 million albums worldwide and had four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard 200.
On the new CD, Lewis includes a new version of Tangle Up in You, a ballad from Staind's sixth disc, "The Illusion of Progress." "The song was already a little bit country in term of its flavor with the slide guitar and the pedal steel," Lewis said. "We brought it further down that road."
Tour dates are:
Feb. 25 Hartford, CT The Webster
March 3 Detroit, MI Motor City Casino
March 4, 5 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
March 17 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom
March 18 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
March 19, 20 Las Vegas, NV Green Valley Ranch Resort
March 25 Flandreau, SD Royal River Casino
March 26 Walker, MN Northern Lights
March 31 Altoona, IA Prairie Meadows Casino
April 1 Battle Creek, MI FireKeepers Casino
April 6 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard casino
April 7 Tampa, FL Seminole Hard casino
April 9 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater
April 14 Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Southern Indiana
April 16 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Biloxi
April 21 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Council Bluffs
April 22 N. Kansas City, MO Harrah's North Kansas City
April 23 Robinsonville, MS Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesvill
May 5 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
May 6 Springfield, MO The Gillioz Theater
More news for Aaron Lewis
CD reviews for Aaron Lewis
Who would have ever thought that, in looking for one of the next more promising acts in country, we'd be turning to none other than seasoned rock and roller, Aaron Lewis, of Staind fame? Add to that the fact that Lewis hails from Massachusetts, a far throw from the Mason-Dixon Line, and you're faced with quite a head-scratcher. Yet, on his 2010 EP "Town Line" the artist showed that he had the right stuff and his first full-length country release, "The Road," delivers »»»
If you take the hard rock power chords away from singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis and replace these strums with steel guitar lines, you don't end up with anything all that different. Producer James Stroud has done a good job bringing Lewis' songs to life on this 7-song EP (with the title track featured a whole three different times, in slightly different variations), but he has not transformed the man into a Darius Rucker-like country singer - yet.
Whether Lewis is complaining about the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest Opening Night Showcases Both New and Familiar Artists
Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to have appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen as a mirror to that audience as it contained artists ranging from multiple-year veterans of the festival down to first-year rookies.... »»»
Concert Review: No joke, The Wacos return
The Clash may have ended their run decades ago, but one couldn't blame Joe Strummer - if able to listen from the grave - that his band is alive and well. Only now he'd have to think they were reincarnated as The Waco Brothers.
And Strummer needn't worry about whether the long running Chicago band is up to snuff either.... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
James Reams is one of bluegrass music's unconventional stalwarts. A son of Kentucky, Reams' journey has taken any number of unusual pathways since the mid-seventies. Producing albums for more than 20 years, Reams' ninth release of personable bluegrass, "Rhyme and Season," is a relaunch for Reams, an artist who has never followed a singular route.
After scoring a 2015 IBMA nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for "Cold Spell," Frank Solivan tried something a little different this time around - an album of songs recorded by "Family, Friends and Heroes" (Compass). In an earlier musical life, Solivan served as stalwart in Country Current, the Navy's touring bluegrass band. Solivan left the service and formed Dirty Kitchen, a hat-tip to his background and continuing efforts as a chef.... »»»
Aubrie Sellers just may be onto something on her debut - garage country. After all, we've already witnessed traditional country, new country, neo-traditional, country rock, pop country and bro country. Sellers, a 25-year-old Nashvillian with a big time musical pedigree who released her debut, "New City Blues," in January, said the moniker came to mind as her bio was being written.... »»»
Del and Woody
For two years we've been hearing of this recording, a project where original lyrics from Woody Guthrie were to be reinvented as bluegrass songs by the legendary Del McCoury. Like previous sets from Billy Bragg & Wilco (3 volumes of "Mermaid Avenue" released between 1998-2012), Jay Farrar, et al ("New Multitudes," 2012) and The Klezmatics (a pair of 2006 releases), lyrics stored within the Woody Guthrie Archives were turned over to McCoury to be repurposed. »»»
Coming on the heels of her last album, the tellingly titled "Quicksand," Reagan Boggs' latest continues to affirm her reputation as a master of emotion, a performer whose sound and delivery leave no sentiment unturned. Consequently, "Empty Glasses" becomes an equally expressive handle, given that much of the album bears a deliberately downcast disposition. That can also be discerned by reading the names of certain songs -- "Honey I'm Lost"... »»»
Lovers and Leavers
A style and sound can be deceptive. So it's little surprise that with his parched vocals, weary demeanor and songs that bear a sense of worn, ragged reflection, Hayes Carll doesn't come across like a man with an ample list of accomplishments. A recent Grammy nomination, a number of chart triumphs and some highly impressive accolades from the public and pundits alike suggest that Carll might be doing far better than he lets on. »»»
The Family Album
Two siblings joining forces for an album project. For every precious collaboration from Stacey Earle on a Steve Earle tune, you can end up with other tandems whose work is pure schmaltz. Thankfully for those familiar with Canadian singer-songwriters Matthew Barber and Jill Barber, their playful, innocent sibling rivalry has been set aside for "The Family Album," an extremely sweet, stellar result. »»»