Staind frontman Aaron Lewis will release his second full-length solo country album, Sinner, on September 16th. The singer has also unveiled the first single from the disc, titled “That Ain’t Country,” where he laments the current state of country music. Lewis said about the set, “I’d like to think that Sinner is a newer take on classic, traditional outlaw country, Waylon and Merle and Willie, and Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff. That was the music I heard a kid, and that’s the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life.”

Lewis told us that the album is his response to the more pop-flavored sounds currently being produced in Nashville: [“It sounds like country music, which these days is pretty rare all in itself for country artists, quote-unquote, to actually put out country music. And it’s raw and it’s real, it’s very unproduced, and exactly how I wanted it to be.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . it to be.)

  • The album’s title track features a guest appearance from country legend Willie Nelson.
  • Lewis said that the entire album was recorded over 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios.
  • Pre-orders for the physical album are available now at, while the digital version will be offered at retailers starting July 15th.
  • Lewis made his debut as a country artist with the 2010 EP Town Line, which he followed up in 2012 with his first full-length solo album, The Road.
  • Staind has not released any music since 2011 and last played live in 2014.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Aaron Lewis’ new solo song:

Here’s the album cover:


INTERNET COMMENTS at The PRP and Blabbermouth — agree or not?

BrailleDecibel wrote: “If I were given the choice between listening to this song and chugging a steamy glass of horse p**s, I’d have to sit down and think it over. Someone else can go ahead and listen to this for me.”

Aggroculture wrote: “I hope there’s a love song to Trump on there.”

Amos Moses wrote: “I like where his heart is at but he ain’t no Hank Jr. or even Hank III.”

John Cat Marchant wrote: “This is for people who love american sniper and drink Pabst blue ribbon.”

Witch Taint wrote: “I love that southern twang in his voice that can only come from growing up in the suburbs of…Massachusetts.”