It’s official: Steven Tyler is making a country album.
Nope, this is not an April Fools joke. Steven Tyler says he’s going to release a country album. The Aerosmith frontman announced his plans during a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on March 31. Tyler walked out on stage during Eric Paslay’s acoustic set to make the announcement.
Tyler, who relocated to Nashville in January, has been writing songs with Paslay and songwriter Lindsey Lee Taylor.
Tyler also signed a record deal with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, which represents Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, among others. He’s also reportedly writing songs with Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three and Brett James.
Not much else is known about the album, other than what Tyler has shared in interviews.
“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,” Tyler said, according to The Boot. “I grew up with the Everly Brothers, so I mean, even “Cryin”‘s got a little [twang] … 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.”
The album is expected to be released sometime in 2016. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.