Aaron Lewis pours out his emotions as the singer for Staind, but he saves enough of those feelings for his solo country act.
Lewis, who will perform 9 p.m. Thursday at Cowboys Saloon (1805 S. University Drive, Davie, $35 at CowboysDavie.com), says he likes the creative control he has as a solo performer, though he assures fans that Staind is only on a short break. He says he's revealing a side of himself that had been lurking behind his rock 'n' roll persona, as he grew up hunting, fishing and riding dirt bikes.
"With that came country music. It's all intertwined," Lewis says, adding that he now has an avenue to sing about topics he didn't touch in Staind, such as spending time with his daughter.
But there's also to-the-bone commentary. His first album included the hit "Country Boy," with lyrics such as "I never needed government to hold my hand." The video featured Lewis singing underneath a Gadsden ("Don't Tread on Me") flag. Lewis says he's a constitutional conservative.
"Everything from abortion to gay marriage should be state by state," he says. "What made this country great was the ability of people to take nothing and turn it into something.
"I grew up in a trailer park, and I'm living the American dream," he adds. "I get very agitated talking about this. Because I'm a self-made man."
Those feelings emerge strongly in one particular song on his second album, "The Road," which came out Tuesday. Its title? "Red, White and Blue."