“Cornbread! Damn, I love that shit.”
So exclaimed Steven Tyler during last night’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, either silently mouthing the final word or, thanks to some quick-thinking staffer in the editing room, receiving a blast of censorship for the sake of avoiding a hefty FFC fine. Whatever the case may be, the point was clear: Tyler may be playing Americana music these days, but the guy is still a rock & roll rebel.
Performing live with a beefed-up version of his backup band, Tyler tackled “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” the title track from his new solo album. It’s a roll call of sorts — a song that, like Kip Moore’s “Lipstick,” rattles off a string of city names and local traditions, looking to shine a light on the specific groups that make up Tyler’s audience. The tune also feels like a three-minute introduction to Tyler’s new band, Loving Mary, whose members back up their frontman with blasts of brass and bursts of vocal harmony. They may not be as immediately recognizable as the members of Aerosmith, but they’re all somebody from somewhere.
Loving Mary will continue to join Tyler on the road this summer, with nearly a dozen dates — including an upcoming appearance at the Ryman in Nashville — that stretch through mid-September.