CORBIN — Just days after country rap musician Ryan Upchurch will perform in Corbin, another hit artist, Aaron Lewis, is scheduled to take the stage at the Corbin Arena.
Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum artist Lewis is coming to The Corbin Arena on Thursday, April 16, for his State I’m In Tour. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m.
Throughout his more than two-decade career, whether topping the charts as frontman for hard rock band Staind, or his second act as a No. 1 artist on the country charts as a solo artist, 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 said in a press release. "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 new album, "State I'm In."
"The songs I wrote on this record, they were some dark times," he said. "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 another vulnerable record in his career. In the title track, Lewis sings, "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."
Corbin Arena Manager Kristi Balla has worked with Lewis on numerous occasions over the past 20 years, both with Staind and as a solo artist.
“I’ve wanted him here for a couple years but, in the world of touring, you just have to wait until the stars align,” she said. “He’s such a talented performer.”
Lewis will also play Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center and Louisville’s Palace Theatre this year.
Tickets are $29, $39, $59, $99 and can be purchased at the Corbin Arena box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.