Staind frontman Aaron Lewis goes country in Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield

by April Helms | Special Products Editor Published:

Fans of Staind will have the opportunity to hear the group's frontman Aaron Lewis perform at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park on June 29.

Fair warning though: this concert is geared more for country music fans.

"It's country music," said Lewis in a phone interview before his Northeast Ohio appearance. "It's good old-fashioned country music. Don't expect to hear much of Staind at all."

Highlights of the concert will include songs from Lewis's first full-length album, The Road, which Lewis said he released last year.

"I grew up with country music," Lewis said. "I was exposed to country music the first 8 or 9 years of my life. It was that amazing time for country, when the best music came out.'

Lewis's first formal foray into country music came with the release of his debut EP, "Town Line," which featured "Country Boy," which he performed with George Jones and Charlie Daniels.

According to information provided by public relations firm Webster & Associates, Lewis wrote all of the songs on The Road, save one. For "Granddaddy's Gun," he teamed up with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson.

Annually, Lewis hosts a benefit show for the charity he and his wife started, It Takes a Community, which benefits his daughter's elementary school in Massachusetts through community donations. Akins performed "Granddaddy's Gun" at the 2011 show. As soon as Lewis heard the tune, it stayed stuck in his head. In June 2013, Lewis released this song as a single to country radio.

"I was completely blown away by the song," he said. "When the opportunity came up, I decided to record it for The Road. They're three of Nashville's best and I have so much respect for them. It all fit with my life too. I have grandaddy's gun, and he did buy it out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog."

The album's songs include the first single, "Endless Summer," which recalls an idyllic day in the sun with his daughters.

"It proves I can write a happy tune," Lewis said in a media release. "It's a story about me and the family going to our beach cottage on the weekends. It's all true. We drive down there, cook striper on the grill, and dig our own clams."

Another song, "Forever," captures the longing and loneliness of life on the tour bus, while reflecting the immortality of true love.

"Doubt can set in on the road," Lewis said. "Conversations from home aren't always warm and fuzzy. However, things change when you get back. The song goes from questioning to being reassured that everything is all good."

The concert at the Hard Rock Rocksino starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $50.

For details on the concert, visit http://www.hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com. For information on Lewis, visit http://aaronlewismusic.com

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