First Jessica Simpson, then Darius Rucker and now Aaron Lewis? The Staind frontman is the latest rocker to turn country... and he’s got some mighty friends welcoming him to the fold.

Lewis’s first single, the blatantly named “Country Boy,” features George Jones and Charlie Daniels, as well as newcomer Chris Young.  The video for the song debuts on CMT on Dec. 1. It is the lead-off song from “Town Line,” a five-song EP out in February on uber-producer James Stroud’s Stroudavarious Records. The set also includes a new version of Staind’s “Tangled Up in You.” We’d like to hear a country version of  “It’s Been Awhile,” but that probably wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

The press release heralding Lewis’s arrival on Twang Town tries mightily to hit all the right chords to stress that Lewis isn’t a carpetbagger: He grew up in “rural Vermont.” He spent his summers with his “WWII veteran grandfather hunting and fishing.” I’m sure he rode around in a pick up truck with a gun rack on it and had a flag on his porch.

Anyway, Lewis starts a solo tour in January.  Below are the tour dates.

JANUARY


15                    Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun


28                    North Las Vegas, NV            Aliante Casino


29                    Temecula, CA                       Pechanga Casino


FEBRUARY


18, 19             Atlantic City, NJ                     The Borgata


20                    Westbury, NY                       Westbury Music Fair


MARCH


3                      Detroit, MI                              Motor City Casino


4, 5                  Verona, NY                            Turning Stone Casino


17                    Snoqualmie, WA                    Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom


18                    Reno, NV                               Silver Legacy Resort & Casino


19                    Las Vegas, NV                      The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


26                    Walker, MN                            Northern Lights


APRIL


14                    Elizabeth, IN                           Horseshoe Southern Indiana


15                    Robinsonville, MS                  Horseshoe Tunica – Bluesville


16                    Biloxi, MS                               Hard Rock Biloxi


21                    Council Bluffs, IA                   Harrah’s Council Bluffs


22                    N. Kansas City, MO               Harrah’s North Kansas City


 

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