Aaron Lewis has received two Academy Of Country Music nominations for his debut country single, “Country Boy”, continuing his breakthrough year as a solo artist. The singer, songwriter and guitarist once confessed that Johnny Horton was his greatest inspiration to become a singer and he was also nominated in the “Vocal Event of the Year” category for the song — which features George Jones and Charlie Daniels — as both the artist and co-producer, along with co-producer James Stroud. The song is from Lewis‘ acclaimed 2011 country debut EP, “Town Line” (RJ Records).
The Academy Of Country Music Awards will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1.
The STAIND frontman is in Nashville with Grammy award-winning producer James Stroud recording the follow-up to “Town Line”, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The new album is planned for a spring 2012 release and its first single will be released in February or March (details to be announced).
Lewis told the Dallas Observer that he doesn’t see himself giving up country music now that he’s started, explaining, “It’s the first music that I was ever exposed to . . . Country music is a part of me. It certainly reflects my lifestyle. I live out in the middle of nowhere in a town of 1,200 people. I’ve got chickens and a house pig. I deer hunt and I fish. I really don’t do many things that require a city.”
STAIND‘s self-titled seventh album arrived in September and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart.