June 26, 2006 - (NASHVILLE, TENN.) Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, one of rock's all-time charismatic performers, is featured on "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll," the new single from Arista Nashville artist Keith Anderson.
The title track of Anderson's current LP was remixed by noted producer Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne).
"Steven is a huge country fan," Hudson says of his close friend. "He actually turned me on to Kitty Wells, stuff like that. We've had many conversations about the elements of how rock and roll began and it really did begin with country...folks like Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins."
Anderson's friendship with Hudson was forged during songwriting sessions in Nashville. After finishing "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll," a song he co-wrote with John Rich, Anderson played it for Hudson who picked up on the Aerosmith reference in the lyrics and phoned Rich, the track's original producer, and asked if he could "tap dance all over it and bring Steven into the mix." Hudson then played it for his pal, Tyler, who loved the tune and offered to add a bit of his signature to it.
A recording session was booked, Anderson flew to Boston and on the very day the session was to take place, Tyler was diagnosed with throat problems that led to his recent surgery and doctor-ordered vocal rest.
Two months later and completely mended, Tyler went into an LA studio with Hudson to record his parts. He also videotaped the session, sending some special shout outs ("this is pure fun") to Anderson whose touring schedule prevented him from being in LA.
A longtime fan of Aerosmith's, Anderson was blown away by the end result. "Oh my gosh, when I saw the video of him singing what I wrote, it was such a thrill," he says.
The new single follows Anderson's most recent #6 hit, "Every Time I Hear Your Name." His debut Top 10 single, "Pickin' Wildflowers," has been certified a gold digital download by the RIAA.
"Keith Anderson is a new school country artist based in both country and rock and roll so the blend of those worlds are with him all the time," Hudson says. "He's a lovely human being as well as a great artist and I think that when you put those things together, it becomes undeniable."