We promise this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. Famed Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler—for decades synonymous with rock music—will record a solo country album, Rolling Stone Country reports. Tyler announced his yet-to-be-detailed album in a surprise appearance at Grand Ole Opry last night.
The news confirms months of speculation about a country project from Tyler. In recent years he’s duetted with stars like Carrie Underwood, Brad Paiseley, and Keith Urban in the studio, on TV, and in concert. Rumors circulated last year that the singer had relocated to Nashville and began working with Jaren Johnston, a prominent country songwriter for premiere artists including Tim McGraw and Eric Church.
At least Tyler is making new music. Aerosmith’s most recent album, 2012’s Music From Another Dimension!, was its first of all-new material since 2001’s Just Push Play.