Kimmel welcomes "Country Boy" Lewis
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
– Stain front man Aaron Lewis will mark the March 1 release of his solo debut CD, "Town Line," with a performance that night on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Lewis will perform "Country Boy," the CD's first single.
Lewis, who is releasing the disc through Stroudavarious Records, will appear the previous day on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline."
In its first week, the song sold more than 20,000 digital singles and has sold more than 182,000 copies (more than 21,000 last week alone, outselling the top 5 most-played songs at rock radio combined).
The CD was produced by James Stroud and Lewis. With Staind, he released the most-played rock song of the decade, It's Been Awhile, sold 13 million albums worldwide and had four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard 200.
On the new CD, Lewis includes a new version of Tangle Up in You, a ballad from Staind's sixth disc, "The Illusion of Progress." "The song was already a little bit country in term of its flavor with the slide guitar and the pedal steel," Lewis said. "We brought it further down that road."
Tour dates are:
Feb. 25 Hartford, CT The Webster
March 3 Detroit, MI Motor City Casino
March 4, 5 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
March 17 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom
March 18 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
March 19, 20 Las Vegas, NV Green Valley Ranch Resort
March 25 Flandreau, SD Royal River Casino
March 26 Walker, MN Northern Lights
March 31 Altoona, IA Prairie Meadows Casino
April 1 Battle Creek, MI FireKeepers Casino
April 6 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard casino
April 7 Tampa, FL Seminole Hard casino
April 9 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater
April 14 Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Southern Indiana
April 16 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Biloxi
April 21 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Council Bluffs
April 22 N. Kansas City, MO Harrah's North Kansas City
April 23 Robinsonville, MS Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesvill
May 5 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
May 6 Springfield, MO The Gillioz Theater
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