Aaron Lewis is certainly no stranger to being a guest vocalist, having contributed vocals to tracks by Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Sevendust, and more over the years. However, for the title track of his upcoming solo album Sinner, the Staind frontman invited a special guest vocalist of his own – country legend Willie Nelson. The swampy thump of “Sinner” finds Lewis and Nelson trading confessional verses, each closing with the simple refrain “I’m a sinner to my core. I ask forgiveness and nothing more.”
Hearing Nelson’s unmistakable warble on “Sinner” feels appropriate in light of last month’s release of the first single from Sinner – the Telecaster-twanged “That Ain’t Country” – where Lewis name checks the iconic Highwayman alongside references to Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and others. Where “That Ain’t Country” shuffles along on a Nineties-era boot scootin’ bounce, “Sinner” evokes more of the darker Outlaw elements favored by many of the classic artists Lewis mentions in “That Ain’t Country.”
Sinner will be released on September 16th and Lewis is currently out on the road headlining The Sinner Tour, with select dates offering special VIP Meet and Greet packages.