Steven Tyler Is in Love With Nashville

Weekend Appearances Included Music Festival and Surprise Performance With Taylor Swift

Following the release of his solo single “Love Is Your Name” this spring, Steven Tyler became a man about town in Music City.

This past weekend, he not only headlined the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in nearby Franklin, Tennessee, he also made a surprise appearance at one of Taylor Swift’s concerts at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Tyler was also a guest star on last week’s season premiere of Nashville, performing a Patsy Cline classic alongside Hayden Panettiere.

As he prepares for the release of his first country album, the legendary Aerosmith frontman says he’s been overwhelmed by the city’s unmatched talent and the warm welcome he’s received.

“I’ve never had a chance to do a solo project at all at this point,” he told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “I’ve just been ripping them out with Aerosmith. And then I met (Big Machine Label Group chief) Scott Borchetta, and he said, ‘If you ever come down to Nashville, I’ve got a label.’

“And I came down. I got a house February. By March, I had four or five songs, and now I’ve got 10. And I’m in love. The town is crazy on fire with songs and heart, passion and writers. It’s just crazy.”

Although the album’s release date has not been announced, it’s expected to arrive later this year.

For more from CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s interview with Steven Tyler, tune in to an all-new episode airing Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 3-4) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.