It’s now official word that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is releasing a country album, and will debut the first single, “Love is Your Name,” tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, on a whole slew of television shows and, we assume, on the internet. From the release today:
Iconic songwriter and prolific singer STEVEN TYLER will debut his first Country single “Love Is Your Name” on May 13. Tyler, who was recently signed to Dot Records underneath the Big Machine Label Group umbrella (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw), will release the single across multiple media properties with exclusive interviews and a LIVE televised performance.
“Love Is Your Name” is the first single off Tyler’s highly anticipated debut solo album. The song was produced by Dann Huff and recorded in Nashville at Blackbird studios.
Tyler has been residing in Nashville since January where he has been hanging out and collaborating with some of Music Row’s finest singers and songwriters.
We in Nashville have of course known this was coming for awhile. Mostly because we’ve been seeing Tyler everywhere. Not only has he been hanging out and collaborating with songwriters, he’s been hanging out at some of our favorite places and really taking advantage of all Nashville has to offer. In much the same way that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban immersed themselves in Nashville when they moved here, Tyler has become one of us for the last six months. He was spotted hanging out at Pub 5 and taking in a round at the Bluebird. Then he was grabbing lunch at Burger Up. Stevie Wonder at the Bridgestone? Tyler was there, ready to jump on the stage when beckoned by Wonder. Bob Dylan at TPAC? Of course he was there, sitting among the rest of us and enjoying the Sinatra finale. In fact, when he came down the row I was in and a bunch of us had to stand up to make room for him — those TPAC rows can be tight — the guy sitting next to me visiting from Ohio was beside himself. I was nonchalant. “Nashville,” I shrugged.
He’s been to so many things, we’re certain he’s checking the NowPlayingNashville.com event listings.
We don’t know what the new record sounds like, but we’ve always liked Aerosmith. They’re a great American rock band. Toys in the Attic is classic. They survived the 70s! By all accounts these past few months, Tyler’s a good dude. So we wish him well and are happy he’s been calling Nashville home for awhile. He’s probably already discovered, like many other transplants, that Nashville is a tough place to leave.