by Alisha Jackson
Remember when we all thought Steven Tyler was kidding when he said he was going country? Well, for those who are still in disbelief, it’s time to face the music. Literally.
On Wednesday night, Aerosmith‘s front man made a cameo appearance on the ABC TV series, Nashville, where he covered “Crazy” in a duet with the show’s star, Hayden Panettiere. After watching the video above, it’s undeniable how effortlessly Tyler’s voice can slip into country gear.
We say “good move, Tyler”. His appearance on the popular country-themed show will probably propel viewers to give his country album a chance. And as long as country fans get on board, it really won’t matter if Tyler’s Aerosmith fans support his new sound.
Tyler has been working on his new solo album in Nashville since January, and he expects it to come out in “February or so” of next year. A couple of weeks ago, Tyler updated ABC News Radio on what his album will sound like. Or what he thinks it will sound like, anyway.
“It’s gonna be what it is. There’s a couple of songs I’ve written and they’re like rock, and I said, ‘Oh, geez.’ And I’m not gonna put a banjo on it just to make it country…I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but my heart leans [towards] the country feeling and the vibe.”
So what does the genre “country” mean to Tyler? “Country’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking my boots up,” Tyler said defensively. “It’s a whole lot more, but it’s about being real. You know, the world’s gone so far away from that. I hope it comes back.”
Call us crazy, but we’re actually looking forward to Tyler’s new “country” album.