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Aaron Lewis keeps his Nashville sound rockin'

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Aaron Lewis is really living up to the title of his No. 1 hit country song, "Country Boy."

The longtime Staind frontman is set to release his full-length album "The Road" at the end of the month. Lewis wrote almost all of the songs on the album.

" 'Country Boy' was my first attempt at writing a country song," said Lewis, noting the heavy use of what he called "stereotypical country lines," including references to whiskey and granddad. "Country is really in my brain because I listened to it throughout my formative years."

Clearly it's not leaving his thoughts anytime soon. Lewis, who planned to write and release just a few country songs, soon realized he had enough for a full album. Almost as soon as he sat down to write, he found the muse alive and anxious to create. The only song on the album that Lewis didn't pen was "Granddaddy's Gun," which was written by Nashville songwriting royalty Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Bobby Pinson. The song is a milestone for Lewis, as it is the first time he's ever recorded another artist's work on one of his albums. But after hearing it while he was on a hunting trip that included Akins, he couldn't resist performing it on his album.

Onstage
Jagermeister Country Tour with Aaron Lewis
» Where: The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
» When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
» Info: $30; 301-960-9999; fillmoresilverspring.com

Lewis is following in the footsteps of country artists in other ways, too, including his charitable work. He recently took to his blog to post a message about "something that is very near and dear to my heart."

Lewis and artists Jerrod Niemann, Craig Morgan and others will play the third annual Aaron Lewis & Friends concert in Springfield, Mass., on Friday. The show is in support of It Takes a Community, a foundation that Lewis and his wife, Vanessa, began about four years ago to raise funds and awareness for rural communities. In it's first three years, the foundation has raised funds to open a private, community-run elementary school in Worthington, Mass. Lewis hopes the foundation will soon take its work nationwide.

"Everybody is supportive of me doing this," Lewis said of his continuing country music career. "It's just something I have to do."

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