When it comes to the wide influence of classic rock, Aerosmith would probably rank pretty high in terms of influence. This could be attributed, in part, to the legendary wails of their vocalist, Steven Tyler, who has also risen up to speak a lot about the current situation rock and roll is in right now. Now, it seems that Tyler is beginning to move away from rock n roll, and even from where he was living, as the rocker has picked up his stuff and moved out to Nashville. Not only that, but it’s also been announced that Tyler will be expected to sign with Big Machine Label Group and, according to Billboard, that he’s already working on a country record for the label.
The full quote from Billboard:
“Steven Tyler is expected to sign with Big Machine Label Group within the next few weeks, and the Aerosmith singer is already working on a country album for the Nashville-based label, sources tell Billboard.
“The deal could go down "anytime," but is due to happen "before the summer," according to an insider, although Tyler isn't waiting for the ink to dry to tout his new affiliation. On Wednesday's episode of American Idol, Tyler was featured in a taped segment profiling Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta, season 14's mentor. Tyler joined Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and The Band Perry, all of whom are signed to BMLG imprints, in praising the executive. Taylor Swift is the label's biggest act.”
Tyler had previously announced that he’d had some intention to release a country record last October during a twitter Q&A. It wasn’t until January that Tyler moved to Nashville and started working with various country songwriters, including Brett James and Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston. Tyler’s interest in country music is no surprise, really, as he’s also worked with Carrie Underwood in 2011 to perform ‘Walk This Way’, as well as Underwood’s ‘Just a Dream’ and ‘Undo It’. From there, the two did an episode of CMT’s Crossroads back in 2012, and eventually, Tyler was presenting awards at the Country Music Awards. So far, no official release date has been confirmed and no producer has been lined up, but Billboard reports that the album could be completed sometime by 2016.
Although it would be interesting to see a country record from Steven Tyler, he's made a few comments about other potential genres for solo records as well that have fallen through the cracks. Maybe this time things are different, as he's relocated to Nashville and everything, but back in 2013, he showed interest in going down the electronica route for his solo stuff, saying:
“Joe has done, like, four solo albums. I’ve got this itch in me to do a solo record.
“I’ve got an itch to do something that’s different than Aerosmith. My heart is in stuff like that weirder, off-the-cuff stuff that I’m not sure Aerosmith would like. I’m into electronica.”
Whatever your opinions may be on country music, or even on Aerosmith in general, maybe Tyler is the hero that it needs right now? That’s a big maybe, however, as it would take a lot to make a country record that doesn’t sound like every other country record. For example, that mashup that turned 6 different country songs into one, very coherent song:
So the genre definitely needs a bit of diversity, and is Steven Tyler the one to bring it? Well, only time will tell...