Isn’t Aaron Lewis the lead singer for Staind? Yep, that’s right, the rocker has released a country album. This seems to be a more common thing over the past few years. We have heard Kelli Clarkson in a couple of songs, Jessica Simpson has released a country CD and now even Gwyneth Paltrow is singing country. Some of them have had some success and others really should stick with their genre.
Believe or not, Lewis beats them all. Lewis doesn’t try to change his vocals and still has the same voice that you would hear on a rock station. This can be good and bad depending on how you feel about the music Staind has put out. It is actually a country song. Country Boy (Radio Edit) really has a Hank Jr. sound and feel to it. I think some people will and have judged the song by Aaron Lewis’s past recording career and the many tattoos that he has. The song is being judged more by the person singing it, than how it is being sung and what it is about.
Interestingly enough, the song has three versions that include a radio edit, an acoustic version, and a version that features George Jones and Charlie Daniels. All of these versions can be found on mp3 or the 7 track CD Town Line. I haven’t listened to the entire CD yet so I can’t comment on it at this time. I can say that I like the song, but I do like the songs that he has done in the past. Will you like it? Well the answer to that is: it depends. I think if you like outlaw country, you will really like it.