Aerosmith will soon be releasing its first album of original music in over a decade, and the band has been touting the new songs as a return to their 70s rock roots. There is, however, one song that stands out from the rest: a country duet with Miranda Lambert.
Steven Tyler said that the band wasn’t happy with his vocals on Can’t Stop Loving You and asked them to re-sing them. Tyler, who admits that he sang the song a little “too country,” decided to go in a different direction. Tyler upped the country singing on the new song by inviting Miranda Lambert into the studio for a duet.
“I sang it a little country and one of the guys in the band said, ‘You know what, you need to re-sing it, because you’re singing it too country,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s how I wrote it.’ Then Marti Frederiksen–who wrote it with me–and I were just talking about, ‘If it sounds like a country song, why not get one of them-thar people to sing on it?”
Tyler ended up calling his friend Miranda Lambert into the studio to record a duet. Did it work? According to Tyler, the song is going to be a huge hit.
“She sang on it and it’s just perfect. It’s one of those moments that just is. And because she did, will it be a hit? Positively. You f—ing think? She’s so big! And it’s not a bad song. That’s pretty cool, right?”
But the duet didn’t sit well with everyone in the band.
Brad Whitford said:
“There was a little bit of resistance. It didn’t come from me. But I heard it [from elsewhere in the band as] like, ‘Wait a minute–so this is an Aerosmith album, right? It should be all Aerosmith.’
The Aerosmith duet with Miranda Lambert shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since Tyler and Lambert have sung together a few times in the past. At the CMA Awards in 2011, Tyler joined Lambert on stage to sing Undo It. Tyler and Lambert also sang another famous Aerosmith duet: Walk This Way.
The new Aerosmith album, Music From Another Dimension, will hit store shelves on November 6, but you can listen to the band’s duet with Miranda Lambert below.
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