Lewis recorded his first album with Staind
, Tormented, in 1996. Staind
remained on the fringes of mainstream acceptance until "Outside," a live collaboration between Lewis and Limp Bizkit
's Fred Durst during the 1999 Family Values Tour, blew up on alternative and mainstream rock stations a year later. With only his acoustic guitar as his musical backing, Lewis delivered a raw, anguished performance of a song that Staind
would later record in the studio for Break the Cycle. The track carved the path for Staind
's subsequent commercial breakthrough.
sustained a decade of popularity before Lewis broke free with a solo career in 2011, refashioning himself as a conservative country singer on his 2011 EP, Town Line. He had some success with the album but before he could capitalize on his country career, he reunited with Staind
for an eponymous album in 2011. In 2012, he prepped his full-length country debut, The Road, which appeared toward the end of the year. Thanks to the minor hits "Endless Summer," "Country Boy," and "Forever," the album went to seven on Billboard's country chart, and he followed it with another country album, Sinner, in the fall of 2016. ~ Michael Sutton, Rovi