It’s Official! Steven Tyler to Release a Country Album
Steven Tyler turned up at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night (March 31) to confirm he’s working on a country record. The Aerosmith frontman stepped on stage after Eric Paslay’s performance and admitted he and the “She Don’t Love You” singer have been spending time together.
Charlie Daniels and Aaron Watson were among the other Opry performers on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Watson told Taste of Country Nights he was as surprised as anyone to see Tyler walking around backstage in robes.
“He was floating around … I bumped into him when I was going into the restroom. I was like ‘Whoa! What’s up?'"
The announcement was hardly a surprise, since rumors of the rock legend signing with Big Machine have been circulating for months. Last month, Billboard reported Tyler had been working with songwriters Brett James and Jaren Johnston. In recent years he’s recorded with Jana Kramer and Carrie Underwood and sat in with Brad Paisley. In December, he confessed to being a big fan of BMLG artist Florida Georgia Line.
Of course, there is no official word on when fans will hear a first single or the album. It’s hard to believe he won’t turn up for the 2015 ACM Awards in Dallas later this month. In 2014 Motley Crue partnered with Big Machine for a tribute album. Classic rock bands like the Doobie Brothers have also done something similar with other record labels, so the classic rock-to-country road is well paved for the eccentric Massachusettsian.