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Posted on Nov 01, 2013 11:23 am
Music icon Elton John confirmed joining forces with Jack White in "American Epic," a six-episode show about the history of blues.
Produced by Robert Redford and BBC, the program also features T-Bone Burnett and sees the musicians recording the soundtrack on rare equipment, likely making the sound nothing short of unique. "I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on, and I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White played on it," John told Hollywood Reporter.
"So it went straight to analog," he continued. "That was a lot of fun. Recording sometimes can be stressful. But with T-Bone, it's really fun and I don't freak out and I'm much more relaxed than I would be with anybody else."
Elton went on to praise Burnett, stating that T-Bone sparked back the fire he thought was long gone. "He got my love of recording back, and I thought I'd lost that," the musician said. "Just by happenstance, so many things in my life have happened [through] just little weird things - like playing an old Leon Russell album, thinking he'd been forgotten, ringing him, and then ringing T-Bone."
John also noted that the music he's looking to make at the moment "aren't the 'Yellow Brick Road.'""I've done that. I can't re-create that anymore," he said. "It was when I was younger I did those. I'm not that kind of guy anymore. I can do odd things with other people for their projects [that are more up-to-the-moment and energized], like Queens of the Stone Age, and I enjoy that. But for an Elton John record now, this is the path I'm taking."
Elton's latest studio effort, "The Diving Board," saw its release on September 24 via Capitol Records, landing at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart.