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AARON LEWIS AND THE STATELINERS

At the heart of Staind's loud, angst-laden music are the confessional lyrics and introspective personality of frontman Aaron Lewis. While other post-grunge bands were successful in mining the dark caverns once explored by Soundgarden and Alice in ChainsLewis allowed his sensitivity to pour freely from his words and often pensive vocals, enabling Staind to strike a balance between heavy metal bombast and thoughtful, melodic rock. After the band went on hiatus in 2011, Lewis embarked on a solo country career with the EP Town Line. He continued to blaze his own rootsy path on Billboard-charting full-length efforts like The Road (2012), Sinner (2016), and State I'm In (2019). In 2021, he landed his first number one country single with "Am I The Only One."

Born in Springfield, Vermont, Lewis listened to folk music as a child. The son of divorced parents, he chronicled the emotional turmoil in his childhood with Staind, namely on tracks like "Epiphany" and "For You," from Break the Cycle. Like the late Kurt Cobain from NirvanaLewis cast an unpretentious, no-frills image, exhibiting a brooding disposition and emotional vulnerability that troubled youths could relate to.

Lewis recorded his first album with StaindTormented, in 1996. The band remained on the fringes of mainstream acceptance until "Outside," a live collaboration between Lewis and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst during the 1999 Family Values Tour, blew up on alternative and mainstream rock stations a year later. With only his acoustic guitar as his musical backing, Lewis delivered a raw, anguished performance of a song that Staind would later record in the studio for Break the Cycle. The track carved the path for Staind's subsequent commercial breakthrough.

The group sustained a decade of popularity before Lewis broke free with a solo career in 2011, refashioning himself as a conservative country singer on his 2011 EP Town Line. He had some success with the set, but before he could capitalize on his country career, he reunited with Staind for an eponymous album in 2011. In 2012, he prepped his full-length country debut, The Road, which appeared toward the end of the year. Thanks to the minor hits "Endless Summer," "Country Boy," and "Forever," the album went to seven on Billboard's country chart, and he followed it with another country long-player, Sinner, in the fall of 2016. The record debuted at number one on Billboard's country chart and at four on the Top 200.

Lewis released the non-LP single "Folded Flag" in 2017, but it took him another two years to deliver State I'm In, his third solo album. Produced by Buddy Cannon, who also helmed SinnerState I'm In arrived in April 2019, preceded by the singles "The Bottom," "State I'm In," and "It Keeps on Workin'." In 2021, Lewis issued the fiery, right wing-leaning stand-alone single "Am I The Only One," which soared to number one the country charts.

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Showings

  • Wed, May 18, 2022
  • Doors - 6:30 PM
    Concert - 7:30PM
  • The Theater at Santander Arena
    Reading, Pennsylvania
  • $69.50 / $59.50 / $49.50 / $39.50
  • All Ages Admitted / 21 to drink