Aaron Lewis' debut solo single and video "Country Boy" has helped to solidify the singer, songwriter and musician's place in country music, propelled his CD "Town Line" (available on Nashville-based Stroudavarious Records) to the top spot on the country albums chart and has now earned him two 2011 CMT Music Awards nominations, marking the STAIND frontman's first-ever CMT nominations.
"Country Boy" has been nominated for "USAWeekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year" (awarded to the best video from an artist's major breakthrough album) and "Collaborative Video Of The Year" (awarded to the best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists).
The 2011 CMT Music Awards mark the 10th anniversary of the awards show and will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 8 on CMT and CMT.com. Fans can vote now through June 7 at CMT.com for the winners.
"Town Line" entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart on March 9 at No. 7 with first-week sales of more than 37,000 copies, while landing in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Lewis told The Pulse Of Radio that his astonishing country success after being known as a hard rock artist was gratifying. "It is definitely reassuring that what I felt in my gut was the right thing to do, and was the right fit for me and the right place for me...I was right," he said.
"Country Boy" features guest appearances from country music legends Charlie Daniels and George Jones.
STAIND has been working on its seventh studio album, with plans to release the disc later this year. Lewis has promised it will be the band's heaviest effort in some time.