Steven Tyler's upcoming solo album might nudge Aerosmith back into the studio.

That's one potential outcome, according to guitarist Brad Whitford, who told The Morning Call that finally getting this long-in-the-works solo project out of his system might leave Tyler eager to write some songs with the band. "Steven is working on a solo album that he’s been wanting to do for the last 20 years," Whitford pointed out. "I think a good deal of inspiration may come out of that – he may want to continue to write."

Of course, it's always difficult to tell what Tyler's going to do, and Whitford quickly admitted that his comments were based on pure speculation. "We’re not currently in the studio or anything. We’re not quite sure when we might get back," he added. "Maybe at some point this year we might record some new music. Currently, no plans."

In the meantime, Tyler continues to plug away at the album, which has reportedly started heading in a country direction in recent months. Revealing plans for a series of Nashville writing sessions this winter and spring, Tyler assured fans, "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."

Any kind of country element would be a fairly far cry from Tyler's first solo single, 2011's "(It) Feels So Good," which just serves to underscore how long he's been working on this record — and how eclectic the final product might ultimately be whenever it arrives.

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