Steven Tyler on Sam Hunt Get Off His Back!!!

7/8/2016 6:17 AM PDT

Steven Tyler on Sam Hunt: Get Off His Back!!!

Steven Tyler's got a message for Sam Hunt's haters ... learn about the evolution of music.

We caught up with Steven Thursday at LAX where the rock legend came to the country singer's defense. You'll remember harsh criticism aimed at Sam by people who think he's not country enough.

Save the country!