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Aaron Lewis crosses line to the top

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – Staind front man Aaron Lewis scored a umber one with his debut country disc, "Town Line." The EP, produced by Grammy Award-winner James Stroud, also lands at 7 on the Top 200 Albums Chart, with first week sales exceeding 37,000 copies.

The CD takes over the top of the chart from Lady Antebellum's long running number one, "Need You Now."

The success is being fueled by the lead single and video Country Boy, currently on CMT's "Top 20 Countdown" show. The singer, songwriter and musician performed the song March 1 on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Los Angeles, after which Lewis flew to Nashville to perform at the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS).

"This town appreciates great songs and great talent and Aaron certainly brings both of those to the table, but a number one record is more than we let ourselves dream about when we were making the record. We just couldn't be more thrilled," Stroud said.

Stroud heads the indie label, Stroudavarious.

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The Road CD review - The Road
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Town Line CD review - Town Line
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: For McCoury, Grisman, music still matters – One condenser microphone, a music stand, a mandolin, rhythm guitar and more than 100 years of bluegrass experience: that's all David Grisman and Del McCoury need to put on a show. It's quite a show, too. The artists' backstories are well known: McCoury was a logger in Lancaster County, Pa., who came to New York City to see Bill... »»»
Concert Review: Ely wears well – Joe Ely is the prototypical rambler. It comes through in his music and in his life. There are lots of elements in the music about travels, riding the rails, small town scenery and getting away from it. In fact, after playing "I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty" as the first song of his encore, Ely opined, "The only thing I got out of... »»»
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