Steven Tyler Goes Deeper Into Country
Steven Tyler keeps digging deeper into country music as he prepares to release his first-ever solo album, which he's been recording in Nashville in recent months. The Aerosmith frontman now is set to make a guest appearance on the country-themed ABC series Nashville, Tyler's rep confirmed to Us Weekly.
On Tuesday, Steven posted a photo of him with Nashville star Hayden Panettiere on his Twitter feed along with a message that reads, "[Hayden] AND I GETTING A LITTLE 'CRAZY' ON SET AT @Nashville_ABC YOU WONT WANT TO MISS THIS......#PATSYCLINE."
Since Hayden's character, Juliette Barnes, is currently playing the late country legend Patsy Cline in a biopic on the series, we're guessing this means Tyler's cameo will include him performing the Willie Nelson-penned Patsy Cline classic "Crazy" as a duet with Panettiere. Of course, Aerosmith had a big hit with a different song called "Crazy."
Nashville has featured guest appearances by a variety of other well-known music stars in the past, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Zac Brown and Florida Georgia Line. The fourth season of the series is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, September 23, in the U.S. No word yet on when Tyler's episode will air.
Steven released his debut country single "Love Is Your Name," in May, but no release date has been announced for his album. In a June interview with Rolling Stone Country, Tyler noted, "This is a side project, which has now turned into a love of life. I think we got something here that the radio would love to play."
He also told the magazine that he intended to mount a solo tour in support of the record, although he was "not sure when."
In other news, Tyler has been added to the lineup of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, which will be held September 26 and 27 in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tennessee. The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will headline the second day of the event, which also will include performances by Willie Nelson, reggae great Jimmy Cliff, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and modern-rock acts The Decemberists, Band of Horses and Dawes.
"Nashville is a musical mecca and there is no way I would've missed performing at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival," says Tyler in a statement.