It seems that everyone is going country these days. From actors and actresses to singers migrating from other genres, country music is the undeniable place to be in the music world currently. Steven Tyler is just one of those transplants.
Tyler is known for his accomplished career in the world of rock ‘n’ roll with the legendary band Aerosmith, known for timeless hits like “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and countless more recognizable tunes. His debut country album “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere” under Big Machine Label Group is due out tomorrow and is sure to make its mark on the genre.
It seems as though Nashville has not just impacted the album’s sound, but also Tyler’s heart, with the singer saying in a press release that country music is the “new rock ‘n’ roll” that is more about being an authentic source of music and a reflection of life as opposed to the porch swinging, truck driving, get-the-girl stereotypes that have been attached to it. The album features songs written by some of Nashville’s most sought-after hit-makers including Chris DeStefano, who’s behind Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya,” Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” and more; Hillary Lindsey, whose written countless tracks for country giants including Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and more; and Rhett Akins, whose songs have been cut by Blake Shelton, Aldean and Thomas Rhett, just to name a few.
With players like this, the album is destined for success in the country music world. When listening to even just a few tracks from “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere,” it’s easy to identify the Steven Tyler we’re all familiar with, but also get a taste of a new style of sound for the rock singer. Like on the track “Only Heaven” that embodies a much sweeter sound and has Tyler crooning to the woman he loves “only heaven could have brought us where we are…only heaven could ever feel like this.” The country sound really comes out on “Love is Your Name” that carries a melody mirroring that of a Keith Urban song, with Tyler declaring he will walk through fire and rain if “love is your name.”
The rollicking title track shouts to the world how everyone is equal no matter who we are, each with our own unique stories, and embodies a more pop-country vibe with its catchy mandolin presence and sing-a-long melody. The modern sound continues on the album’s second single “Red, White & You” that has Tyler catering to today’s contemporary country audience through an inviting melody and lyrics like “American girls making dreams come true…all the bad girls rocking’ in cut off jeans and good ol’ boys driving big machines.”
One can tell just by listening to a handful of tracks that while this is a step in a new direction for the longtime rock musician, it’s a step that feels like a natural one. The Steven Tyler we know and love still lives on (his signature wail can be heard on the title track), but just has a little more twang in his steps. Clearly Nashville has been good to Tyler – and he’s dishing the love right back.
“We’re All Somebody From Somewhere” hits shelves tomorrow. Tyler is currently on tour promoting the album now through September, with a stop at the famed Ryman Auditorium on Aug.17. Visit Tyler’s official website for more details.