These days, everyone has gone country. And now Steven Tyler has followed suit.
The Aerosmith front man told Billboard that he’s working on a country album for the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, and it could be released later this year. Billboard cites an “insider” who tells the publication a deal could be signed “before the summer.”
The Big Machine Label Group features among its various imprints some heavy-hitters in music’s latest fashion trend, including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and the Band Perry.
Tyler has spent the past couple of months in Nashville collaborating with songwriters, including Brett James, who co-wrote Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” and “Jesus Take the Wheel”, as well as Martina McBride’s “Blessed”; CADILLAC THREE’s Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote current hits as Keith Urban and Eric Church’s “Raise ‘Em Up” and Tim McGraw’s recent No. 2 hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”.
Tyler revealed his interest in recording a country album last October during a video question-and-answer session with Twitter Music at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco.
“I’m going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get,” he said at the time. Tyler added: “I grew up with the EVERLY BROTHERS. So even ‘Cryin”’s got a little [sings with an exaggerated twang] ‘There was a time when I was brokenhearted.’ It started like that — of course I had to do it AEROSMITH-ish, which was more rocked out — but there’s a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I’m not sure what kind of country that is, but it’s got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the EVERLY BROTHERS is — it’s those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good.”