Aaron Lewis Readying a New Country Album
"We're trying to get the final details put together," Lewis reveals (quote via Blabbermouth.net). "It took a while for all the record label stuff to iron out and get solid on that side of things. So in the next couple of months, I'll be hitting the studio. We're in the last stages of a record being recorded, where we're trying to figure out who's gonna produce it and where we're gonna do it and that type of stuff."
Lewis, who had previously released the Town Line EP in 2011, admits that he is a bit disappointed that The Road, which was released on Blaster Records, didn't fare as well as he had originally hoped.
"The fact that radio hasn't really come around to playing my songs yet, there is a little bit of a backlash there," he acknowledges. "It seems like the artists that I end up playing with and doing shows with are fans of what I do. It's just one of those weird things.
"It's such a good-old-boys network in Nashville, it's so political in Nashville, and I'm not one to necessarily play along; I tend to stick to my guns, and sometimes that's not what they want you to do," Lewis continues. "Nashville is a machine. It has the writers that write all the songs, and then it has the performers that go into the studio to record them and then go out on tour and play them. And I don't want anything to do with somebody writing songs for me ... I'm certainly not gonna change what I'm doing in order to get on radio."
Lewis released seven studio records with Staind, before revealing that he felt more at home in the country music genre.
“I don’t really feel like the pissed off, angry young man [I was during] my Staind career,” he says. “Life takes many twists and turns, and it leads you places … I felt like it was the best fit for me.”