First Preview Arrives Today with “Let’s Go Fishing”
As a MULTI-PLATINUM artist known for blazing creative trails, Aaron Lewis has never been afraid to stand on conviction. With a catalog of soul-baring hits, he’s never been one to hide behind his lyrics, either. And with his new album THE HILL, due March 29 via The Valory Music Co., the North-Country native is unfiltered – and unplugged – in a way that leaves no room for doubt. A deeply personal set written from a lifetime of highs and lows, it pairs Lewis’ iconic vocal rasp with a bare-bones acoustic sound, a reflective mindset and little else, as a confessional hit maker chooses the hill where he’ll make his stand.
Featuring 10 tracks penned solo or with a tight circle of collaborator/confidants, the set speaks to a time of upheaval – both in the wider world and within. Pledging to shoot his fans straight, Lewis offers up a 50-50 mix of riding out the winds of change and driving another mineshaft deep into his soul. Like his 2022 collection FRAYED AT BOTH ENDS, Lewis delivers THE HILL as an acoustic record, maximizing the potential for lyrical impact. Produced by Lewis alongside Ira Dean, it’s raw in the purest sense of the Country-rock term – often backing his jagged-edge vocal with just a guitar, dobro and mandolin.
“Music has always been my escape, my way of expressing the things that I don’t express very well in life,” Lewis explains. “I’m coming up on 52 years old, and I’m on the hill I’m going to stand on. Nobody’s going to change me now. This record is a snapshot of my life and how I’m feeling and where my head is at – and that’s what my records have always been.”
“It’s another record that’s just really stripped down to the guts,” he explains. “I like raw. I like life’s imperfections showing through. I’m not perfect, nobody is. And I don’t want the music I’m putting out to be either.”
Right from the opening track, those guts take center stage. An upbeat track that’s “very much not about going fishing,” “Let’s Go Fishing” finds Lewis calling out the nation’s problems – but deciding to leave them for another day. Co-written with Bobby Pinson, a mix of fed-up frustration and organic-Country comfort creates an intriguing contrast – a lightly-coded protest anthem with a let-it-be theme. “I find the whole thing tongue-in-cheek,” Lewis admits.