Aaron Lewis (Photo: Jason G. Bahr)The first thing one notices when listening to Aaron Lewis's first full-length country album, The Road, is that he certainly wasn't afraid to make a no-holds-barred country record. Lewis has, of course, released country material before (his No. 1 Country debut, Town Line, which was a 5-song EP)--however, his new set isn't afraid to take on a decided old-school flavor that shows that the frontman from rock outfit Staind does indeed understand the genre's roots.
Lewis, who still maintains his career as a rocker--although he's currently taking a little break from it--credits a sense of freedom this time around in shaping his lushly traditional album. Due to contractual obligations with Staind's record label, he was given a provision originally to make an EP rather than a full album, which he describes as "only five opportunities to paint a picture." Now with a new deal that allows him full ownership of his country music--"masters, publishing, all of it"--he's feeling "freedom to the nth degree" to go full throttle on the material he's been longing to create.Read More »from Aaron Lewis Discusses Dual Rock/Country Roles, And ‘The Road’ He’s On