Steven Tyler Announces a Country Album

The Aerosmith frontman shares big news from the iconic stage of the Grand Ole Opry

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Steven Tyler is about to put some country flair in his rock-star swagger.

The Aerosmith singer announced he’s making a country album during a surprise appearance at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night.

The Opry then shared the news with the rest of the world, Tweeting,”@IamStevenT just graced the #Opry stage with @ericpaslay announcing his upcoming country album!”

And while Aerosmith and country music fans might be shocked by the news, it isn’t all that surprising to industry insiders, who have been buzzing about the possibility since Tyler, 67, moved to Nashville in January and began collaborating with local songwriters.

While no details of the album have been released yet, Billboard had reported that Tyler, who refers to himself as “a lifelong country fan,” was expected to sign with Big Machine Label Group – the label that Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw call home.

In fact, Tyler has dipping his toe in country waters since last year. Back in November, Tyler made an appearance at the 2014 CMA Awards to present Miranda Lambert with the single of the year trophy. Then in December, he performed with Brad Paisley on the CMA Country Christmas show, during which the duo teamed up for a guitar-fueled version of Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph.”

Before taking the Opry stage, Tyler Tweeted a photo of himself with country singer Eric Paslay and songwriter Lindsey Lee Taylor.

See the Opry’s Tweet below:

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