He’s rocked out with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of fans as the lead singer of Aerosmith. But Steven Tyler has realized that songwriting is no different than the rock genre during his transition into the country music community.
Tyler has been collaborating with the best of Nashville’s top songwriters in working on his first-ever country album. Some of the sessions have incorporated those classic country sounds, but ultimately, he noted how the genre crossover hasn’t mixed up the way he pens a song.
“Writing a song, they’re all the same,” said Tyler. “The experiences are all the same. You sit in a room and you’re dancing between the notes and you have a guitar and somebody asks if you have any idea for lyrics or the tempo of the song you wanna do or even what you want to sing about, but it’s the same process no matter what.”
One difference Tyler has noticed though is the high quality of every musician he works with in Music City. Thinking about someone like him who has played with some of the greats, the compliment toward those Nashville songwriters is genuine and very meaningful.
“Down here everyone is prolific and plays so good on their instruments and is so good at writing songs that to jump into that mix it’s always so surprising at the end of the day what we come up with, and we’ve always come up with something good,” said Tyler.
Tyler co-wrote his latest single, “Red, White and You,” with fellow singer/songwriter Levi Hummon and songwriters Nathan Barlowe and Jon Vella. It can be heard on country radio and through streaming services.