Steven Tyler and other musicians who've 'gone country'

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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced plans to release a country album. He's not the only musician to make country inroads; some even had their biggest success when they crossed over into the genre.

Tyler made the announcement while visiting the Grand Ole Opry, with a release date yet to be revealed.

The album is not a huge surprise, as Tyler's collaborated with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, among other country stars, in the past.

It follows on from talk last month that UK singer Adele may be taking cues from country on her next album.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, US singer Kelly Clarkson said, "Adele I heard is doing something more country influenced with this next record," and Clarkson said in that interview that she herself had a country album in the works as well.

While stars such as Taylor Swift have famously made the switch from country to pop, there's already a host of artists who've moved in the opposite direction, releasing successful country albums.

Here are just a few:

The Byrds

A case in point is the Byrds, who were known for their psychedelic/folk sound when they released the full-on country album "Sweetheart of the Radio" in 1968, inspiring many future country rock acts.

Lionel Richie

Richie released the all-star country album "Tuskegee" in 2012, featuring collaborations with stars such as Brad Paisley, Zac Brown and Vince Gill. The album was Richie's biggest hit in more than two decades.

Sheryl Crow

Crow's music always had a hint of twang, but her first all-country album was 2013's "Feels Like Home," which was a top ten hit in the US and topped the UK country chart.

Jewel

The folk singer released her first country album, "Perfectly Clear," in 2008, debuting atop the US Billboard country chart. "Sweet and Wild" followed in 2010 and maintained the country sound.

Darius Rucker

The Hooty and the Blowfish singer has enjoyed a successful country career since 2008's "Learn to Live," his first album in the genre. He's followed up with "Charleston, SC 1966," "True Believers" and "Southern Style."

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