The Road (Aaron Lewis album)

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The Road
Studio album by Aaron Lewis
Released November 13, 2012
  • 41:14
  • 70:14 (iTunes deluxe edition)
Label Blaster
Aaron Lewis chronology
Town Line
The Road
Singles from The Road
  1. "Endless Summer"
    Released: March 5, 2012
  2. "Forever"
    Released: November 12, 2012
  3. "Grandaddy's Gun"
    Released: June 24, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
aNewRisingMusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Road, is the debut, full-length studio album by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. His second country music effort, it was released by Blaster Records on November 13, 2012.[2]


The song "Granddaddy's Gun" was previously recorded by Rhett Akins on the 2010 album Michael Waddell's Bone Collector: The Brotherhood Album. It was also recorded by Blake Shelton on his 2013 album, Based on a True Story.... The iTunes deluxe edition of the album features five live bonus tracks. It includes a cover of the song "What Hurts the Most", which was previously recorded by Mark Wills and Rascal Flatts. Two more songs, "Vicious Circles" and "Country Boy", originally appeared on Lewis' 2011 EP, Town Line.

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 7, selling 21,000 copies.[3] The album has sold 220,000 copies in the United States as of August 2016.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Aaron Lewis except "Granddaddy's Gun", written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson.

No. Title Length
1. "75" 5:43
2. "The Road" 2:50
3. "Endless Summer" 3:22
4. "Red, White & Blue" 5:43
5. "Lessons Learned" 3:25
6. "Forever" 4:30
7. "Granddaddy's Gun" 3:43
8. "State Lines" 2:51
9. "Anywhere but Here" 5:07
10. "Party in Hell" 4:06
Total length: 41:14


Upon its release, The Road received generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. Rick Florino with Artistdirect rated the album five out of five stars. He praised Lewis' performance, saying "he's a vivid storyteller and brilliant lyricist." [5] Daryl Addison of Great American Country was positive in saying, "on The Road, Aaron creates a work that honors country tradition while injecting his own soul and experience."[6] Dan MacIntosh of rated the album four stars, saying, "that it sounds like an honest to goodness country album, start to finish" and that "The Road is positive proof that Aaron Lewis has the musical goods and can most certainly deliver."[7] NoizeNews" rated the album a 9 out of 10 stating, "The Road is a simple album with strong lyrics and instrumentation that highlight the beauty of Aaron Lewis’ voice."[8]

Others were more critical of Lewis' efforts. Alex Beebe with sputnikmusic rated the album "poor" with a one out of five rating. He stated, "Aaron Lewis has created a possible cure for insomnia more than he has an enjoyable album."[9] Gary Suarez of PopMatters gave an average rating of 4 out of 10 rating stating, "Lewis shifts effortlessly from Staind’s emotive construction rock to sincere country on his full-length solo debut The Road.[10] Stephen Thomas Erlewine with AllMusic rated the album 2 out of 5 stars. Erlewine was critical in saying, "his music doesn't have much color; it's by-the-numbers red state country, hitting all of its marks and making no lasting impression."[11]


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2012) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 30
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 7


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Country Airplay
2012 "Endless Summer" 39
"Forever" 50 38
2013 "Granddaddy's Gun" 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ Wyland, Sarah (August 29, 2012). "Aaron Lewis Plans an 'Endless Summer'". Great American Country. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (November 27, 2016). "Aaron Lewis Leads Top Country Albums, Justin Moore Rules Country Airplay". Billboard. 
  4. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Florino, Rick (November 15, 2012). "Aaron Lewis "The Road" Review - Five out of Five Stars". 
  6. ^ "GAC Album Review: Aaron Lewis' "The Road" - GAC News & Notes". GAC News & Notes. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Matt Bjorke. "News". RoughStock. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Aaron Lewis "The Road" (Score 90%)". Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Aaron Lewis - The Road (album review ) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Aaron Lewis". PopMatters. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Road - Aaron Lewis - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2014.