Following weeks of rumors and speculation, the official announcement was made late Monday afternoon (April 6)
Headed by Scott Borchetta, the label group consists of Big Machine Records, the Valory Music Co., Republic Nashville, Nash Icon and Dot. The combined roster includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae, among others.
Tyler, who claims a deep connection to country music, confirmed the release of a solo album during a recent appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
“There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project … and Dot Records is the right fit,” Tyler said in a statement announcing his decision. “My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family, and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots. I’ve been working with some f**ing epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove.”
Borchetta says the signing signals a new chapter in Tyler’s career.
“I have never met a more passionate human being than Steven,” Borchetta said in a statement. “When he goes in, he goes all in, which is the culture of Dot Records and the Big Machine Label Group. I truly cannot wait for the world to hear the phenomenal music that he is creating, and I really feel that this chapter of his career will be among his best. He bleeds love, and he bleeds music.”