Steven Tyler has officially gone country with his first solo single, “Love Is Your Name.” Released in May, the out-of-the-box hit is harmony-laden and arena-ready — two traits the 67-year-old rock icon can wrangle regardless of genre.
“Country is changing,” Tyler reasoned in a Rolling Stone Country interview earlier this spring. “I think country is the new rock & roll — everyone is trying to stretch out.”
The music video proves Tyler’s transition from rock to country has been a smooth one, partly due to his little-known roots in country music and the industry. “This video has so many personal elements in it for me. I came from a family that was a touring band. I grew up as a young boy with my pet raccoon and my slingshot. My real band Loving Mary is featured in the video,” he explains, clarifying, “This song and video resemble what the album will sound like.”
After a year of living in Nashville, signing with Big Machine and writing music with local songwriters, the music legend looks right at home in the world created for “Love Is Your Name,” appearing with the members of Loving Mary at a rustic, retro-looking convenience store on the outskirts of Nashville. Viewers won’t see Tyler’s old slingshot or his pet raccoon but there are plenty of peasant skirts, an overgrown yard, acoustic guitars and crystal chalices of sweet nectar to give the video its “gypsy chic” vibe — or it might just be a golden scene from Lord of the Rings shot on location in front of someone’s old auto garage.
While Tyler is finishing up a North American tour with Aerosmith, the details of his upcoming solo country album are still forthcoming, but either way, Aerosmith and country fans alike can continue to dream on as Tyler continues down his artistic rabbit hole.