Lost and Lonely: Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis appeals to the lonely and broken like a train whistle to a rambler and whiskey to the drunkard. His voice – a deep, raspy character brought on by years of tobacco and alcohol – adds an element to the music he sings that soothes the restless soul.

Lewis debuted in country music with his EP Town Line on March 1, 2011, but he is not new to the music industry. He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, as well as the founding member of the alternative metal band Staind, formed in 1995. After Town Line, he released The Road, his first full-length country release, on November 13, 2012. A second studio album was released on September 16, 2016 titled, Sinner.

His success in the band Staind, named so after a band named themselves Stained around the time Lewis was getting started with his band mates. Lewis stated that they wanted to respect the band, so they dropped the “e” in the word, leaving it Staind. The band would see much success, as the lyrics spoke to those in familial conflicts. Lewis had a rough growing up period, as his parents divorced when young and he suffered from low self-esteem. When he came to country music, the lyrics became more uplifting, although of his lyrics, Lewis says they are all based in reality. It is because of this that so many have been drawn to his music.

As a country fan who has listened to not just the “hot” country of today but decades past, there is a familiar note that many country artists shared. They are tales of misery, regret, heartbreak, loneliness, alcoholism, and despair, popularized by artists such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., among others. Lewis seems to have reached back into time and brought out the original foundations of country music, and combined it with an incredible sound to be one of the most underrated country artists.

One of the songs that seems to hit home for many fans is Lost and Lonely It’s one of those songs that hits home for those who feel lost and lonely in a world where everyone can connect with someone as fast as a key is depressed. It cuts deep to the heart of someone who has been through Hell…and dragged a loved one with.

 

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