Author: Leon Blair
We all know by now of the dozens upon dozens of former rock stars who have ventured into country music. Some such as Don Henley and Cody Jinks have proven that they understand the heart and soul of the genre and respect its roots. Others like Bret Michaels and Steven Tyler......yeah not so much. Up until his debut solo album, The Road you could have probably easily lumped singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis into the latter category. “Country Boy” and “Endless Summer” were absolutely terrible songs yes, but something never really added up when it came to Aaron. After all, it's not as if his band Staind was exactly doing poorly, nor was 2011 really the cool time to hop aboard the country train. It finally did add up when he released his debut solo album, The Road and proved there was more to him than what his singles had shown up to that point.
When Aaron released the first single from his brand new album, Sinner titled “That Ain't Country”, the question came into play whether or not Aaron was once again looking to cash in on a trend or actually crafting a song out of frustration. It's not as if protest songs are exactly original these days, and heck, this dude started out in rock music and was signed to Big Machine Records. The record label who launched acts such as Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett! How the hell was this going to be anything more than a marketing gimmick?
Hey, I was willing to give Aaron a fair shake coming into his newest album. Like I said, he showed real potential on his last album, and I had reason to believe this album could be even better, especially when I heard he was deciding to cover two awesome country songs with “Whiskey And You” and “Travelin' Solider”. So did Sinner meet my expectations?