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Aaron Lewis, ‘The Road’ Travels to Stores in September

Blaster Records

Going country has paid off for Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, whose love for the genre continues with his first full-length solo album, The Road, to be released on Sept. 11. It follows his 2011 EP, Town Line, which first introduced the rocker to country audiences and spawned the hit single, “Country Boy.”

“I hope people hear the record and realize that this is all me,” he says of the new music. “I’m writing songs about who I am and where I am, just like I’ve done my whole career. The setting for the songs might be different but they’re as honest as anything I’ve ever done.”

The musician, who lives in rural Massachusetts, co-produced the project with music executive James Stroud, who is known for his work with Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson and Chris Young, to name a few. It’s also Aaron’s first project with Blaster Records, the label that’s also home to Hank Williams, Jr., Neal McCoy and Brother Trouble.

Aaron wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 10 songs on The Road, which marks the first time he’s recorded a song he didn’t write. The one outside tune, “Granddaddy’s Gun,” was penned by famed Nashville tunesmiths Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson. The first single from the record will be the seasonally appropriate “Endless Summer.”

Album pre-sales will be available beginning in mid-July here.

In other news, Aaron — who has been touring solo and acoustically for the past eight years — has embarked on his first full-band tour as a solo artist. See a full list of dates below.

The Road Track List:

1. “75″
2. “The Road”
3. “Endless Summer”
4. “Red, White & Blue”
5. “Lessons Learned”
6. “Forever”
7. “Granddaddy’s Gun”
8. “State Lines”
9. “Anywhere But Here”
10. “Party in Hell”

Aaron Lewis Tour Dates:

7/03 — Odessa, Texas
7/05 — Lake Charles, La.
7/06 — Bossier City, La.
7/07 — Duluth, Ga.
7/08 — New Orleans, La.
7/09 — Dallas, Texas
7/12 — Anaheim, Calif.
7/13 — Las Vegas, Nev.
7/14 — Wendover, Nev.
7/15 — Scottsdale, Ariz.
7/18 — Chicago, Ill.
7/20 — Belmont, Ohio
7/21 — Twin Lakes, Wis.
7/22 — Royal Oak, Mich.
7/24 — Alexandria, Va.
7/25 — Baltimore, Md.
7/26 — Huntington, N.Y.
7/28 — Chester, Pa.
7/29 — Boston, Mass.
7/31 — Hampton Beach, N.H.
8/08 — Sturgis, S.D.
8/10 — Springfield, Ill.

Watch Aaron Lewis’ “Country Boy” Video
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