Steven Tyler Plays Nashville: Exclusive Report

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Steven Tyler headlined an exclusive media show last night (8 February) at Nashville’s aVenue club, wowing a roomful of radio programmers with his new country material and classic Aerosmith hits. uDiscover was in the audience to witness the occasion.

The event was part of the Big Machine Label Group’s Ultimate CRS Mardi Gras Kick-Off Party, ending the first day of the Country Radio Seminar event. Tyler is recording a country-flavoured album for BMLG’s Dot label, and played both of the first two singles from it, ‘Love Is Your Name’ and ‘Red, White & You.’

With his hair blowing and a scarf on the mic stand, Tyler made his appearance at midnight, as he and his band launched into Aerosmith’s ‘Jaded.’ The short set also included a cover of the soul gem ‘Piece Of My Heart,’ and left admirers in raptures with a closing version of Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way.’

Introduced by Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, Tyler commanded the stage with his familiar charismatic presence, and could do no wrong in the eyes of a devoted audience. Anticipation grows for his album, on which he’s been working since moving to Nashville a year ago.

Earlier in the evening, there were performances by southern country-rock band A Thousand Horses, ahead of their appearance at the UK’s C2C Festival next month; the Cadillac Three, fresh from their highly successful UK tour which had ended only 48 hours earlier; and Alabama-born, Nashville-based country artist Drake White, who is Tyler’s labelmate at Dot.

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