Steven Tyler to Release Country Album With Big Machine
The Aerosmith frontman will reportedly be signing a deal with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group, and he may have country songs out as soon as November. Although there is little concrete information about the project -- both BMLG and Tyler have yet to comment -- and the record deal has not yet been announced officially, Billboard reports that Tyler relocated to Nashville in January, and that Big Machine A&R staffers have been setting up writing sessions for him with songwriters such as Brett James and the Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston.
Borchetta is serving as a mentor on this season of American Idol, on which Tyler is a judge. But that's not Tyler's only tie with the country genre: In the last few years, he's filmed an episode of CMT's Crossroads with Carrie Underwood (and performed with her at the 2011 ACM Awards) and appeared at the 2014 CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas special. Tyler also worked with Jana Kramer on a song, "Bullet," that is set to appear on her upcoming album.
The rocker alluded to a more country-leaning solo effort during a Twitter Q&A in October.
“I’m going down to Nashville in January, February, March, April, to write and see what we get,” he says. “You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget, and you work on the nugget ...
"I grew up with the Everly Brothers, so I mean, even "Cryin’"s got a little [twang] ... Of course I had to do it Aerosmith-ish, which was more rocked out," Tyler adds. "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 ... It’s those kind of melodies that are just so, so good."