PITTSBURG, KS – Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum artist Aaron Lewis is coming to the Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, February 29, for his State I’m In Tour, Acoustic Songs & Stories. Tickets are $49, $59, $99 and can be purchased at the Memorial Auditorium box office by phone at (620) 231-7827, or online at memorialauditorium.org.
Throughout his more than two-decade career, whether topping the charts as front man of Hard Rock heroes Staind, or his second act as a No. 1 artist on the country music charts as a solo artist, Aaron Lewis has always been painfully honest in his music.
“That’s all I’ve ever done. My songs have always been me wearing my heart on my sleeve, and my emotions on my sleeve, and my misfortunes on my sleeve, my sins on my sleeve,” Lewis says. “I don’t feel like it would be genuine nor worthy of this crazy ride I’ve been on if it wasn’t.”
He is 100 percent open, as he has to be, about his stunning new collection, STATE I’M IN (The Valory Music Co.).
“The songs I wrote on this record, they were some dark times,” he says. “The state I’m in is not Mississippi, or Texas, or Massachusetts, it’s more about the emotional state I’m in and everything I’ve surprisingly talked about in this interview. I’m always surprised by what comes out of me. I’m always surprised by the overall content of a record. It is a flow of consciousness.”
That consciousness led Lewis to the most vulnerable record of his career. In the gorgeously melancholy title track, Lewis sings candidly, “I’m still working my fingers to the bone/When the show is over I sit alone/Where the angels and the devils are my only friends/And I get up in the morning and I do it again.”