The Showdown: Steven Tyler vs. Jake Owen
Steven Tyler's debut country single is really catching on with Taste of Country readers. The Aerosmith frontman's new song, "Love Is Your Name," has just easily won its third straight Showdown, and will now face a new challenge from Jake Owen.
Tyler's song is definitely a bold choice for the iconic rocker. He's chosen to record a rootsy, lyrically earnest track that stands out from everything else that's currently on country radio for his first-ever country single, and so far fans have been responding very well.
Owen has also chosen carefully with "Real Life," the lead single from a forthcoming new studio album. The song is reminiscent of 90s rock in some ways, and Owen is definitely pushing not only himself, but his fans and country radio by issuing it as a single. The song takes a look back at a no-frills childhood that was very simple, but happy despite humble circumstances. Will Owen be able to topple Tyler?
Listen to clips of both Tyler and Owen's song and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Friday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to make sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Friday.
Listen to Steven Tyler, "Love Is Your Name"
Listen to Jake Owen, "Real Life"
Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.