Steven Tyler says he will finally start working on his long-talked-about first solo album next year.

During a Twitter chat on Friday he said, “I’m going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get. You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget and you work on the nugget.”

As for the type of music, Tyler says it could have a country flavor. “There’s a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I’m not sure what kind of country that is, but it’s got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the Everly Brothers are — it’s those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good.”

In 2011, Tyler recorded his first solo single, “(It) Feels So Good.”