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Montdale country artist Nate Hosie opens for Aaron Lewis at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Aug. 30

Montdale country artist Nate Hosie opens for Aaron Lewis at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Aug. 30
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Montdale native, Outdoor Channel star, and Nashville recording artist Nate Hosie has been added as direct support for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City on Sunday, Aug. 30.

Fellow Nashville singer/songwriter Ben Danaher will also be opening this drive-in concert. Unlike the recent Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton events that screened at drive-in theaters across the country, Lewis will be performing live in person at the Circle Drive-In with Hosie and Danaher.

Presented by Stage West in Scranton and DamnMillennial Promotions, the show was first announced on NEPA Scene on July 24 following the cancellation of his concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Gold Circle parking that is closest to the stage is sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $199 (up to four guests per vehicle) via Prekindle. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

The Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) is following Department of Health recommendations and “adhering to safety protocols, mandatory face covering requirements, social distancing, and strict disinfecting and cleaning procedures.” Restrooms will be open with attendants on-site.

Anyone attending a drive-in movie or event must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The concession stand will have limited selections and has put extra safety procedures in place.

This will be Nate Hosie’s first concert in Northeastern Pennsylvania in a while. He previously performed in the popular Scranton rock band Maybe Someday with Chris Borgna, Jimmy Reynolds, Mike Lesnesky, and Bryan Brophy before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where he is currently recording new material.

Around this time last year, Hosie released his single “Rocked All Summer Long,” an upbeat and catchy follow-up to his successful 2017 EP “The America I Know.” Recorded at Song City Studios in Nashville, “Rocked All Summer Long” is an ode to growing up and loud music meant to be played with the windows down.

“This song is all about growing up in Montdale with my family and friends and rocking through the summer!” Hosie said, recalling his Scott Township upbringing.

“Even though it is about growing up, not all that much has changed even today. I am blessed that I get to spend a lot of the year hunting across the beautiful United States with ‘HeadHunters TV,’ and then I get to play music and rock all summer long!”

“HeadHunters TV,” which gives viewers an inside look of what it’s like to produce a reality television series about hunting, is now in its ninth season on the Outdoor Channel.

In 2019, Hosie played at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Music Festival in Utah alongside headliners David Lee Murphy and Craig Morgan as well as BowFest in Superior, Wisconsin with country stars Clint Black and Clay Walker. He released his latest EP, “The Woods, Vol. 1,” on Oct. 12, 2019.

Throughout his more than two-decade career, whether topping the charts as frontman of hard rock heroes Staind or his second act as a No. 1 artist on the country charts as a solo artist, Aaron Lewis has always been painfully honest in his music.

“That’s all I’ve ever done. My songs have always been me wearing my heart on my sleeve, and my emotions on my sleeve, and my misfortunes on my sleeve, my sins on my sleeve,” Lewis said. “I don’t feel like it would be genuine nor worthy of this crazy ride I’ve been on if it wasn’t.”

He is 100 percent open, as he has to be, about his stunning new collection, the Buddy Cannon-produced “State I’m In,” released by the Valory Music division of Big Machine Records on April 12, 2019.

“The songs I wrote on this record, they were some dark times,” he explained. “The state I’m in is not Mississippi, or Texas, or Massachusetts – it’s more about the emotional state I’m in and everything I’ve surprisingly talked about in this interview. I’m always surprised by what comes out of me. I’m always surprised by the overall content of a record. It is a flow of consciousness.”

“State I’m In” is the follow-up to “Sinner,” which went No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums, Top 200 Albums, and Top Digital Albums charts upon release chart and blasts through today’s country music doldrums like a shot of 100-proof whiskey, with the singer making zero compromises with either himself or the restrictions of a format that seems to have abandoned its rougher tendencies in favor of pop and ‘70s rock inclinations largely lacking in grit.

That led Lewis to the most vulnerable record of his career. In the gorgeously melancholy title track, he sings candidly, “I’m still working my fingers to the phone / When the show is over I sit alone / Where the angels and the devils are my only friends / And I get up in the morning and I do it again.”

Lewis, who fronted the wildly successful rock group Staind, has sold 13 million albums worldwide and four consecutive Top 3 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200, including the single “It’s Been Awhile,” which remains the most-played rock song of the decade.