Aaron Lewis lead singer from the Massachusetts rock band Staind has recently put out an EP via R and J Records. The EP is entitled ‘Town Line’ and features five tracks that are excellent. The EP is something different from Lewis’ band Staind, because all of these songs are pure country. It’s interesting to me that I’ve always thought Lewis’ voice would sound excellent on a track with Hank Williams or David Allan Coe. The EP itself features guess spots from country legends Charlie Daniels and George Jones.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the tracks. The EP starts off with the track ‘The Story Never Ends’ which starts out with a rocking riff that goes into a softer section that is highlighted with slide guitar. The lyrics on the track are a true roller coaster about family, friends, patriotism, and life on the road this to me opens the album perfectly. The next track off the EP is entitled ‘Vicious Circles’ which is a beautiful country ballad that never falls into the cliché of many ballads.
Next up is the single entitled ‘Country Boy’ which features Charlie Daniels and George Jones, this is the strongest track on the collection, and is my personal favorite. This like the opening track is a very personal track which talks about Lewis’ family history, his history in Staind, his home and his country. The track is accented very well with a wah-wah drenched guitar solo put back in the mix.
Love songs are hard to write because you have to draw the line from being mushy to being to vague. To me Lewis’ walks this line perfectly with the track ‘Tangled up in You’ which is a haunting love song that has been reworked from its previous incarnation on Staind’s 2008 album ‘The Illusion of Progress’ (Atlantic). The final track on the EP is an ode to Lewis’ and my own state, ‘Massachusetts’ a beautiful track about coming home and knowing where you’re from.
I’d say that whether you’re a Rock, Metal, or Country music fan, this is a collection of tracks you should definitely look into acquiring or at least listen to.
Check Out The Music Video for ‘Country Boy’ below: