Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will continue to pave the way for his first solo album with the release of his second country single, ‘Red, White & You.’ It’s due for release on Big Machine’s Dot Records label on 22 January.
The new track is the follow-up to ‘Love Is Your Name,’ which went to US radio last May and reached No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It also peaked at No. 75 on the Hot 100. That last single was written by Eric Paslay (who then went on to guest on Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley’s solo single ‘The Driver’) and Lindsey Lee.
The upbeat ‘Red, White & You’ was co-written by Tyler himself with Nathan Barlow, Levi Hummon and Jon Vela. The vocalist also co-produced the track with seasoned country and rock producer Dann Huff, who produced ‘Love Is Your Name.’
Rolling Stone Country reports that the new single is a nostalgic salute to American girls, and has a namecheck in the first verse for Tom Petty (one of whose early singles with the Heartbreakers was, of course, called ‘American Girls’).
Tyler was part of the all-star bill that took part on 5 December in the ‘Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert’ at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, which aired two weeks later in the US on AMC. Others paying tribute to Lennon’s memory included Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots and Chris Stapleton.