As Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler prepares to fly solo at the Tower Theater on September 7, the legendary rocker talks about his country-music crossover—and why he still daydreams about "Dream On".
Home to one of the largest country radio stations in the US, Philly is the perfect test audience for Steven Tyler’s newfound country twang.
“Aerosmith always had a little country in them, but this solo album is my trip. As far as stand-out moments, where creating as Aerosmith was concerned, ‘Dream On’—that’s mine forever. I took a chance and just did it. For my solo record, it was moving to Nashville. All the ladybugs would come out of the barn, flying all around us; it’s the beauty of coming down here and working with a bunch of country folks. I’m a country boy now. I just bought a house here so I’m living in Nashville full-on, which is a musical mecca. It was very scary in the beginning, but I started writing with people and within two months, I got five of the greatest songs I’ve ever written or been part of writing. I don’t know what it is that runs through Nashville—I think it’s in the water. I think I’ ve done some of my best work through this country head. Going country has been risky, but I love living through risks-especially when you aren’t thinking about it, you just do it. It’s what I love to do.”