The Aerosmith frontman has officially gone country with his new solo single, "Love Is Your Name."
Steven Tyler is no stranger to country music. He has collaborated with country superstars like Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and he even gave a short, impromptu performance at the famed country music venue, Bluebird Café. After months of teasing, Tyler finally released the first single off his forthcoming country album.
On "Love Is Your Name," Tyler does not rely on the classic Aerosmith sound we all know. He opts instead for an autoharp and a folksy sound. His voice and vocal styling, however, are unmistakably Tyler.
In April, Tyler told Rolling Stone he had bought a house in Nashville and had been busy writing. "I've been working with some f***ing epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with the style and groove," he said.
Tyler subsequently signed with Dot Records, a division of Big Label Machine Group, to release his solo country album. He sealed the deal with Scott Borchetta, the label head and seasoned music industry pro he met last January. Tyler has collaborated with successful Nashville songwriters and performers, including Eric Paslay, Hillary Lindsey, Cary Barlowe and Jaren Johnson.
The label released the single to country radio stations on the morning of May 13, and Tyler performed it later in the evening on live television, during American Idol's season finale. Incidentally, Borchetta appeared as a mentor on the same episode of the singing competition.
Neither Tyler nor Big Machine indicated when he would finish the yet-untitled album. However, Aerosmith is going on a two-month tour this summer, beginning in mid June. We probably will not hear the full album until 2016.