Aaron Lewis discusses "Country Boy", James Stroud and the March 2011 release of TOWN LINE.
“It just seemed like the natural progression for me. If you listen to the songs I've written over the years on the acoustic guitar (e.g. ‘Outside,’ ‘It's Been Awhile’), those songs could have had country accompaniment behind them as well.”
“When James Stroud, who produced the album, asked me who I would like to have guest on the song, grasping at straws I suggested Charlie Daniels and George Jones, not knowing that James was the godfather of Nashville and could actually call them and get them to do it.”
“’Country Boy,’ as most of my songs do, evolved accidentally. Live, it seems to go over extremely well. I think it's easy for people who hear it for the first time to really relate to it.”
“I listen to Hank, George, Waylon, Charlie, etc. etc. My childhood memories are intertwined with all of them. My grandfather always had country music playing on the radio and these guys seemed larger than life to me. The fact that George and Charlie appear on the song ‘Country Boy’ still blows my mind. If my grandfather's looking down right now, he's shittin' his pants!”
“Not much (laughs). Seriously, what can you say about working with James? He's just one of the best in the business...really not much of a resume or anything!”
“’Vicious Circles’ is about relationships. ‘Massachusetts’ is where I'm from. ‘Tangled Up in You’ was originally on the last Staind album but I always envisioned performing it this way.”
“Being outdoors is something that's been a part of my whole life. These (outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing, riding dirt bikes, etc) are the things I live for, along with my family.”