Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Big Machine Label GroupYee-haw! Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler officially has jumped in the saddle with Scott Borchetta and signed a deal to release his first solo album via the Nashville music mogul’s recently revived Dot Records label. The country-flavored project will arrive sometime later this year, and will include tunes Tyler has been writing and recording in Music City during the past several months.

Tyler took to his social media accounts to announce the news on Monday, posting a photo of him with Borchetta and the contract, along with a message that reads, “ME AND SCOTT DROP IT LIKE IT’S DOT.”

“There was an immediate connection with Scott and [his] Big Machine [Label Group], and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project,” Steven says in a statement. He adds that “Dot Records is the right fit. 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.”

Tyler also says, “I’ve been working with some f**king epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with the style and groove.” According to the magazine, Steven has collaborated with such songwriters as Eric Paslay, Hillary Lindsey, Cary Barlowe and The Cadillac Three‘s Jaren Johnston.

Johnston, meanwhile, tells Rolling Stone that he thinks the sound of Tyler’s album will fall somewhere between the big sound of modern pop country and Robert Plant‘s recent forays into Americana.

“It’s going to be in the middle of what Robert Plant has done with T Bone [Burnett] and Buddy Miller — that kind of scene,” Johnston maintains. “But I think with Dot being involved, and Scott, who has that ear for radio, it can be really big, but still be really cool.”

In addition, Barlowe reveals to the magazine that he, his brother Nathan and his fiancée, Lindsey, have co-written two songs with Tyler, one of which he describes as “an old classic Aerosmith love ballad.” Barlowe adds that Tyler plays piano on the tune, while he contributes acoustic guitar and mandolin.

The news of Tyler’s record deal follows the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s announcement last week on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry stage that he was indeed working on a country album.

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