At a recent concert in Colorado, Aaron Lewis rifled off a few choice names of artists he believes are diluting country music. This came before the performance of his new single: “That Ain’t Country”.
The former singer of Nu Metal band Staind released his second country album, entitled Sinner, on September 16th. Looks like there’s sure to be a few artists that feel sinned against by the out-spoken Lewis.
He pre-empted this rant by saying: “I want to thank a few people for inspiring me to write this next song…Sometimes the things I say get me in trouble, and I don’t really give a f**k,”
He then went on to target country radio stars like and Sam Hunt, thanking them ironically for giving him the material to write his new single; which includes lyrics like:
“Whatever happened to the country songs / full of truth and consequences, all the things gone wrong,” he sings in the pre-chorus, “someone came and changed it up, made it all a lie.”
“I’d like to thank Sam Hunt – oh, I know, he’s so pretty to look at,” said Lewis. “I’d like to thank Luke Bryan, for most of his stuff – he surprises me every once in a while. I would like to thank Dan + Shay. I’d like to thank Cole Swindell. And every other motherfucker that is just choking all the life out of country music.”
Sinner is chock full of artist that seemingly fit Lewis’ standards, including country legend Willie Nelson on the title track, and collaborations with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill.
Country Music #CMchat Nashville Correspondent Julia Bruck has Aaron Lewis for a Facebook Live Chat Wednesday 9/21 at 2pCT.
You can also check out Aaron Lewis new album Sinner on iTunes here.
Author: Brad Johnson
New Yorker always on the hunt for a good country show. Avid hiker, writer and college football fanatic!