We previously reported that Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler, was entertaining the idea of taking his rock roots to Nashville, Tennessee to make musical magic with his buddy Scott Borchetta. Today, the friends made their working relationship official when they announced a record deal between Tyler and Big Machine Label Group’s subsidiary Dot Records.
Incredibly excited about his new path, Tyler told Rolling Stone:
There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project. . . and Dot Records is the right fit. My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family, and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots. I’ve been working with some fucking epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with the style and groove.
Those songwriters Tyler has been working with promise that while the former rocker is checking his steel-toed boots at the door and trading them in for a pair of cowboy boots, he will remain true to his personal artistry. Songwriter Cary Barlowe explained:
Everything he sings is going to sound a little like Aerosmith, because he’s the voice. But he’s been talking about how he wants some of it to be organic. It’s obviously not going to be traditional country or old-school country sounding, but he does want mandolin and a banjo in there, to change it up.
As a lifelong Aerosmith fan, I am eager to see what Tyler has in store! What do you think about Steven Tyler’s official Dot Records signing? Let us know by tweeting us @CMchatLIVE.