Label: Blaster Records
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis first threw his hat into the country ring in 2011 with the single "Country Boy." It seems Lewis' deep growl is as equally suited to twanging guitars (of which there are plenty here) as the rocking cacophony Staind musters up. That Lewis wrote or co-wrote all but one of these songs shows he is in tune with what's going on in contemporary country. "Party in Hell" is a lament to mistakes made in a hard life, while "Lessons Learned" is a heartfelt reminder to stop and smell the roses. Other highlights include "Granddaddy's Gun," "Anywhere But Here" and "The Road."