Steven Tyler to Record Country-Influenced Solo Album
Steven Tyler will spend the first few months of 2015 working on a solo album. He broke the news yesterday (Oct. 3) and, in a surprise, said that it will have somewhat of a country feel to it.
Tyler participated in a video Q&A with Twitter Music at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. As you can see in the video above, one fan asked for information about his solo album, and Tyler gave some details.
“I’m going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get,” he said. “You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget and you work on the nugget. I always go backwards, you know? ‘Living on the Edge,’ why? Or ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ why? Who’s Janie? And then it works. You fill in the blanks.”
While recording in Nashville doesn’t necessarily indicate steel guitars and fiddles, it was the next part, where he explained his country roots, where he said that he was looking in that direction. “I grew up with the Everly Brothers,” he continued. So even ‘Cryin”s got a little [sings with an exaggerated twang] “There was a time when I was brokenhearted.” It started like that — of course I had to do it Aerosmith-ish, which was more rocked out — but there’s a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I’m not sure what kind of country that is, but it’s got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the Everly Brothers is — it’s those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good.”
Tyler has been batting around the idea of a solo album for a while, but little has been heard about it since last November, when he said that he had met with Rick Rubin to discuss producing it. Rubin produced Run-D.M.C.‘s smash version of ‘Walk This Way’ that featured Tyler and Joe Perry.