SPRINGFIELD, MASS (June 18, 2018) – MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort and entertainment destination, is bringing country music superstar Aaron Lewis to Symphony Hall on Sunday, September 9. Fresh off his current SINNER Tour, Lewis will perform his latest hard-hitting, emotionally-charged songs including “Sinner,” “Travelin Soldier” and “Whiskey And You.” The show begins at 8PM, and tickets will go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10AM (EST) for $45 and $55, not including applicable taxes and service charges. Tickets may be purchased at the CityStage and Symphony Hall box office, online at SymphonyHall.com or by calling the box office at 413.788.7033.
As the front man for one of modern rock’s most successful bands Staind, Lewis admits his entry into the world of country music has been met with mixed reactions. However, with the release of SINNER, Lewis’ stunning Dot Records follow-up to his groundbreaking full-length solo debut The Road in 2012, many of his would-be detractors are pretty much out of luck.
SINNER blasts through today’s country music doldrums, with Lewis making zero compromises with either himself or the restrictions of a format that seems to have abandoned its rougher tendencies in favor of pop and ‘70s rock inclinations largely lacking in grit. The music captures what has been going on in Lewis’ head at this point in his life; laid back with a soundtrack that harkens back to the country genre’s most honest and musically adventurous artists.
Written on tour and during infrequent down times over the past two years and road-tested in front of fans that basically served as judge and jury for inclusion on the record, the songs on SINNER alternate between swagger and vulnerability, biting humor and fierce independence. Lewis and his creative compadre Ben Kitterman (Lewis’ former bus driver who earned a permanent place by his side on the road and in the studio once his talent was discovered), are joined by such A-Listers as Brent Mason (guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Jim “Moose” Brown (keyboards), Bobby Terry (guitar), Pat Buchanan (guitar) and Tony Creaseman (drums). Also taking part are such country stalwarts as Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson (who adds a committed gravitas to the title cut), Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill.
Most of the songs were cut live in the studio, using scratch vocals. Creative flourishes abound, with innovative arrangements melding with traditional honky-tonk structures and instrumentations, along with muscular ballads and powerful themes of love, loyalty, alienation and regret, tempered by a dose of humor and knowing introspection.
About Symphony Hall
The historic Symphony Hall theatre is home to Broadway-style theatre, top-quality children’s programming, internationally recognized speakers and numerous concerts and performances. Built in the early 1900s, the historic building underwent an extensive renovation in the fall of 2004. Symphony Hall is also home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Public Forum and public and private graduation ceremonies for the Springfield Public Schools and surrounding communities.
About MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. Igniting a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city, the approximately 2 million square-foot development, which combines new construction with revived historic buildings, will offer more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street and superior spa services, inspired dining and diverse retail. MGM Springfield also will feature a luxury cinema, high-energy bowling complex, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. MGM Springfield is scheduled to open August 24, 2018. www.mgmspringfield.com