Friday, August 12, 2016

Aaron Lewis - Sinner (16 September)

Aaron Lewis' music is more like a Hank Williams and Johnny Cash approach than much of the pasteurised & nutra-sweet stuff that's marketed under the 'country' these days. (Forgive the f-word expletive at the very start of the trailer interview below). In the title track the legendary Willie Nelson sings a few lines –

"I hope the Lord can come save my soul Cause I'm a sinner to my core I ask forgiveness and nothing more"

He grew up in rural Massachussetts, not far from the Merrimack River communities favoured by Ulster emigrants in the 1600s and 1700s.

But even though geographically northern, there is a southern cultural ethic at work across much of rural America - spot the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine branding at 3:00. And this song makes the point superbly well:

Sinner by Aaron Lewis (former frontman of rock band Staind) is out on 16 September. His 2010 track Country Boy is also below.