Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has been talking about a solo album for years. It finally happens today (July 15) with the release of We're All Somebody From Somewhere, which Tyler wrote and recorded in Nashville and which has a distinctly country flavor to its 15 tracks -- including a new version of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and a cover of Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart."
Tyler tells us that even though he's released solo singles before, he found the creative inspiration in Nashville to finally realize an entire album of his own:
"I was drawn to Nashville like the star over Bethlehem. It was like, 'What?!'...It reminds me of early Greenwich Village and Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel...or England in the 60s or San Francisco...The vibe of the gang was phenomenal, and that's what I felt in Nashville. It forced, it almost birthed the songs without me. Of course, I was in the room and wrote with some great people like the Warren Brothers and Hillary Lindsey and Lindsey Lee and...the Barlows and God almighty."
Tyler is currently in the midst of his Out On a Limb solo tour that runs through September 13, while Aerosmith returns to the road three days later at the Kaboo festival in Del Mar, Calif, and then a swing through South America. Tyler says he hasn't heard from bandmate Joe Perry since the guitarist collapsed on stage with his band Hollywood Vampires over the weekend, and he's concerned about his welfare:
"I'm really concerned. I don't know what's going on with him...and it's starting to scare me a little bit...I can only tell you that Joe's my brother and I love him so much and I'm really concerned and worried right now that I'm not getting any news...I don't give a s*** about the band. I want Joe to live"
...In other Tyler news, the singer can also be seen in the new trailer for director Casey Tebo's upcoming horror film "Happy Birthday," which comes out September 9. Tyler plays a character named Kasape Suka in a story about a violent, bloody and drug-fueled trip through Mexico. Tyler is also slated to be a special guest at Jeff Beck's 50th anniversary concert on August 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.