Controversial Aaron Lewis Brings “Real” Country Music To Firekeeper’s Casino
He's a little bit Country and a little bit Rock & Roll. Aaron Lewis returns to Firekeeper's Casino.
He was the frontman of the rock band Staind from 1995 until 2012 when he unplugged and went back to his Country roots. Aaron Lewis' first solo single was called "Country Boy" and it was declarative. Sinner, his second solo album, went to #1 on the Country charts following its September 2016 release, but not without controversy.
The dissention wasn't about the credibility of a rocker making a Country record it was about other Country stars being too popular. At a September 2016 concert he slammed Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay and Cole Swindell for "just choking all the life out of country music.” Offered a chance to clarify his remarks, Lewis did not back down:
I'm not saying they're not good songs, I'm not saying they're not catchy. I'm not saying that I'm not stuck just like everybody else singing them all day if I hear them earlier in the day. That's not what I'm saying. I'm simply questioning the connection between that and the music that defined the genre.
-Aaron Lewis to Rolling Stone
Judge for yourself as Aaron Lewis brings his brand of Country music to Southwest Michigan on March 31.