It’s not unusual for rock stars to make solo records. What is unusual is for rock stars to make solo country records, but that’s exactly what Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is doing. Tyler recently went on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to announce that he is working with Nashville songwriters on songs for his upcoming solo country record. There is no title or release date for the record yet.
I’m not sure this is a good career move for Tyler. He’s been associated with hard rock for decades, and doing a country record could alienate long time fans. On the other hand, Aerosmith collaborated with rap artists Run-D.M.C. back in the 1980’s and the resulting recording was a great success.
However, Susan McGalla says the idea of Tyler singing country is just a little weird. There’s nothing down home about him. Aerosmith is a band you associate with the urban environment of Boston. While Tyler has been able to build a brand for himself independent of Aerosmith, at the end of the day being their singer is what he is best known for.
The success of Tyler’s country record will probably simply depend on how good the songs on it are. Rock artists like Darius Rucker and Kid Rock have been able to make country recordings that have gone over well, so maybe Tyler can too.