Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

The Country Music Crossover of The Fearless Aaron Lewis

by

Country music is America’s truest music. It does not address every issue and problem in our lives, nor is it always uncompromisingly realistic. Sometimes it appeals to us through nostalgia or fantasy, the desire to go back to “the little cabin home on the hill” where we never lived, or to the life of “a happy, roving cowboy” that we never experienced .” Malone, 2002, 13

This statement of the country music scholar Malone perfectly described Aaron Lewis’s country crossover.

Country Music, Aaron Lewis, State I'm In, Sinner, The Road
Via youtube.com

Aaron Lewis, Staind, and Country Music

Lewis spent a lot of time with his grandfather listening to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams.

Growing up, he felt like listening to country music was forced on him so he tried to stay away from the music genre and found himself with the heavy metal band, Staind. The band made a big name and sold over 15 million copies, but no matter how hard Lewis tried to veer away from his Country music roots, it soon came and knocked at his door.

Country Music, Aaron Lewis, State I'm In, Sinner, The Road
Via doseofmetal.com

It was in 1998 when he went touring with Kid Rock that brought him back into Country music.

“The whole time he is playing this old country music, and in my head, it’s replaying the soundtrack of my childhood. It was the first time I had let any of that style of music, that twang, come back into my life or listening choices.” Aaron Lewis

Country Music, Aaron Lewis, State I'm In, Sinner, The Road
Via billboard.com

In July 2012, the band Staind announced that they are going on a hiatus. In that same year, Aaron Lewis released his first country album, The Road. Its debut single, “Endless Summer,” has also made the country charts. It reached No. 7 on the on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and sold 21,000 copies.

Lewis released his second studio album Sinner on September 16, 2016. It reached No.4 on the US Billboard 200 with 42,000 units sold. It also peaked at No.1 on the Top Country Albums chart. As of March 2018, the album has sold 146,800 copies in the United States.

State I’m In

State I’m In is the third album of Aaron Lewis that was released on April 12, 2019. It is a follow-up to his second album Sinner.  It debuted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums at No.2. It has sold 37,600 copies as of October 2019.

Buddy Cannon produced the 10-track project with Lewis. Lewis wrote six of the songs, penning three without collaborators. Dan Tyminski and the late Keith Whitley also contributed to the album.

His songs are introspective and written from his own experiences. His pains and confusions tap his vein of creativity. Little did we know that it is also is one of his ways of dealing with the state he is in.

In an interview with Taste of Country, the singer said he is ready to explore where all of the pain is coming from. That he might be ready to deal with things that have affected his life.

Country Music, Aaron Lewis, State I'm In, Sinner, The Road
Via aaronlewismusic.com

Here is a song from his latest album.

Latest Stories

Hank Williams + Old Country Church

“Old Country Church”: Throwback to Hank Williams’ Ode to the Christian Community 

What better way to celebrate life with your Christian community than with old gospel music? Hank Williams’ “Old Country Church” is the ultimate anthem for a Sunday morning. His warm ...

Willie Nelson + My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Willie Nelson Sings a Bittersweet Rendition of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Legendary musician Willie Nelson stirs up our hearts with his own version of Waylon Jennings’ single “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” Originally recorded by Jennings for his 1976 album ...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:Telluride Town Park in Telluride, ColoradoPerformers Include:Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stingdusters, Charley Crockett, and moreTicket Information:Get ...

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Buckeye Country Superfest 2024Festival Duration:June 22-23, 2024Venue:Ohio Stadium, in Columbus, OhioPerformers Include:Zach Bryan and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Due to overwhelming demand, Buckeye Country Superfest 2024 will be ...

Glastonbury Festival 2024

Glastonbury Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Glastonbury Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 26-30, 2024Venue:Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, EnglandPerformers Include:Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA, Shania Twain, and moreTicket Information:SOLD OUT The annual Glastonbury Festival is ready to welcome ...

Reba McEntire + No U In Oklahoma

Reba McEntire’s Single “No U in Oklahoma” Should’ve Been More Popular

Listening to “No U in Oklahoma” by Reba McEntire is like finding a hidden treasure. It may not be a popular classic, but the fun and funky country beat of ...

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Red Wing XI Roots Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 21-23, 2024Venue:Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, VirginiaPerformers Include:Kurt Vile & The Violators, Bonny Light Horseman, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets ...

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Barefoot Country Music Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:On The Beach of Wildwood, New JerseyPerformers Include:Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Come ...

Country Jam Colorado 2024

Country Jam Colorado 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Country Jam Colorado Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-22, 2024Venue:Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, ColoradoPerformers Include:Parker McCollum, Jelly Roll, Thomas Rhett and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Since 1992, Country ...

Keith Urban Still Tries to 'Impress' Wife Nicole Kidman with His Concerts

Keith Urban Always Aims to Impress Wife Nicole Kidman Onstage

To anyone who said love is dead hasn’t surely met Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. The longtime couple of almost 18 years –with two kids, Sunday and Faith – is ...