Spectra and the Owensboro Convention Center announced today that country stand-out Aaron Lewis will bring his “Sinner” Tour to Owensboro on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Lewis’ latest album, “Sinner, blasts through today’s country music doldrums like a shot of 100-proof whiskey, with the singer making zero compromises with either himself or the restrictions of a format that seems to have abandoned its rougher tendencies in favor of pop and ‘70s rock inclinations largely lacking in grit.”
“I’d like to think that ‘Sinner’ is a newer take on classic, traditional Outlaw Country — Waylon and Merle and Willie, and Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff,” Lewis said. “That was the music I heard as a kid, and that’s the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life.”
Lewis admits he “didn’t really pay attention to any of the country music in between” that early Outlaw exposure and his emergence as a new voice for the genre with the release of “Country Boy” on the Town Line EP in 2011.
“I was too busy going down the road of one day ending up being in a rock band and revolting against the music I was basically force-fed as a kid,” he says. “I finally came around full circle, and this music crept back into my life. My plumber at the time bet me that I wouldn’t write a country song, so I sat down and wrote ‘Country Boy,’ and the rest is history.”
As the front man for one of modern rock’s most successful bands in Staind, Lewis admits his entry into the Country world has been met with mixed reactions.
“I have definitely dealt with some of the old guard questioning my commitment to the genre, questioning how much of this might be a toe-dipping in the water to see what the temperature is,” he said. “I had, and still have, a very established career in the rock world, and as much as that has been a blessing in some ways, it has been a curse in others in trying to be looked at as somebody who is taking this seriously and isn’t just trying to go where the money is.”
“This is an album of acknowledgment, admittance, moments of self-awareness,” he said. “It has been a pretty trying time in my life over the past few years, and these songs are what have come of it. At the risk of sounding cliché, my music has always been therapeutic for me.”
Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. online at OwensboroTickets.com, at the Owensboro Convention Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 270-297-9932. Reserved seating tickets for Aaron Lewis are $37, $57, and $77. Additional processing fees may apply to all ticket sales.