At one point in my life I used to rock out to his music. This week, I shook hands with a man who is stepping back to his country roots. He has tattoos over most of the parts of his body I could see. But when you sit down next to him, on a very cozy small couch, the rough image melts away. Aaron Lewis is clearly a man comfortable in his own skin, has a clear voice which you can hear in his music and opinions. But just like any parent, he lights up when talking about his daughter signing on his new album “Sinner”. His energy is warm and welcoming.
It’s just too bad coffee filled the cup for our chat, instead of whiskey.
Take a listen to our full conversation with Aaron Lewis about his new album Sinner, working with Willie Nelson and speaking his thoughts on the current sound of country music.
Aaron Lewis delivers the “authentically country” (Wide Open Country) SINNER on Dot Records, marking his third solo project in the genre. Already summiting the iTunes All Genre and Country Albums charts this morning, the entire album was recorded in 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios under the helm of legendary producer Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones). Lewis single-handedly penned eight of the 12 tracks, including “That Ain’t Country,” which he performed onFOX & Friends yesterday (9/15). The lead single serves as a commentary on the current state of “country, if you can call it that,” asLewis pines for the sound of his honky-tonk heroes.
“I have certainly not kept my feelings a secret about some of the stuff that is popular today,” expressed Lewis. “Sometimes it is hard for me to even recognize Country music and that is why it was very important to me to go back to my roots and record a more traditional album. This is the type of music I grew up listening to and I to make sure that my influences like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings are reflected in my record.”
You can also check out Aaron Lewis new album Sinner on iTunes here.