Elton John and Jack White Confirm Musical Collaboration

The two work together on BBC's history of the blues program "American Epic."

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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.

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    Elton's lyrics and harmony, with Jack's raw unadulterated guitar tone. They would make an interesting record, albeit unique..
    Crimson Ghost
    Elton isn't really a lyricist. Bernie Taupin writes all his lyrics and Elton writes the music.
    Then Bernie Taupin´s lyrics and Elton´s harmony, with Jack´s raw unadulterated guitar tone. They would make an interesting record, albeit unique..
    Even though most of his songs are softer-rock, I always thought Elton John could do good vocals on a harder rock song if he wanted to.
    This is awesome two amazing musicians...so much piano, can't wait
    I'm still waiting for a Jack White & Jack Black collaboration.
    After the Beatle's White Album and Metallica's Black Album, we'll finally have a Grey Album.
    The Grey Album already exists as Danger Mouse's mixing of the White Album with Jay Z's Black Album.
    Didn't Beatallica make a 'Grey' Album already?
    I wasn't aware of either of those, actually. SHAME ME FOR MY IGNORANCE. BRAND YOUR RED NUMERALS OF SHAME ON ME.
    Dig it. Love the entire idea. Especially the rare equipment, jack white will really make that work.
    I can't believe no one is making a big deal of Robert Redford or T Bone Burnett's involvement in this. And I'm a big Jack White fan.
    Ehh... I'm not a big fan of Jack White. That's probably because I live in Detroit though.
    If some people believe rock is dead, then I have all the confidence in the world that these two guys have the ability to revive it.
    Ohhh yeaaaa. Hope to hear both of their vocals though. Especially Elton John, cause Jack White can probably perform on the piano just as good as Elton can.
    Take a look at Elton John's performance of Benny and the Jets live at Central Park in 1980 on youtube and please try telling me Jack White can play as well as Elton again. And try to tell me with a straight face.