July 20, 2021
Former frontman of the rock group Staind, Aaron Lewis, is making headlines for a country song he recently released called “Am I The Only One,” which has quickly climbed country music charts.
The acoustic ballad made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and as of July 12th was the No. 2 all-genre sales song, according to Taste of Country.
The track’s popularity is due to its unabashedly conservative lyrics, which address burning the American flag, tearing down historical statues and other political topics.
“Am I the only one, willin’ to bleed, or take a bullet for bein’ free, screamin’, ‘What the fuck’ at my TV,” Lewis sings. “The red and white, and the blue, burnin’ on the ground, another statue comin’ down in a town near you, watchin’ the threads of Old Glory come undone.”
The song is already being attacked by some left-wing people in the music industry and it will likely only attract more haters after country radio stations pick it up next week.
Music critic Bob Lefsetz wrote a scathing piece demanding Big Machine Label Group drop Aaron Lewis over the track.
“It’s HEINOUS!” Lefsetz wrote. “This middle class, right wing wanker has recorded a song that should have been played at CPAC, in between speeches by nitwits like Lauren Boebert saying to refuse the ‘Fauci ouchie.’”
The triggered music blogger continued, “Why does Valory release such crap. Come on [Big Machine CEO] Scott Borchetta, David Geffen dropped the Geto Boys over their odious lyrics and now you’re marketing this junk?”
Lefsetz accused Borchetta of releasing the song only for profit, saying, “It is all about the money at this point, right?”
The Big Machine Label Group CEO responded to Lefsetz on Friday, stating, “To just ‘cancel’ Aaron is ridiculous and I’m disappointed that you would even suggest such a thing. Comparing Aaron Lewis to the Ghetto Boys? That’s a reach-and-a-half. You don’t have to agree or acknowledge, but Aaron’s message is speaking to millions of people. Let it be a wake-up call to Reps and Dems alike – be loud and be heard!”
Borchetta continued, explaining, “Aaron Lewis and I have political disagreements. But there are also things we agree on. I think that’s the foundation for the idea of our country. It doesn’t work if we’re so divided that we can’t reach across the aisle, have a conversation or an argument, and ultimately, shake hands. If we can’t do that, and this moment is so divisive, we may never get our country back.”
Listen to the explicit version of the hit song below!