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Rock and roll legend Elton John, soon to be immortalised in a biopic where the pink jumpsuit-clad one will be played by Tom Hardy, has revealed that he recently collaborated with garage king Jack White on a new blues track produced by frequent Elton collaborator, T Bone Burnett.
“I just did a thing with [Burnett] the other day for American Epic, a six-episode program about the history of the blues,” Elton told The Hollywood Reporter. “I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on.”
“I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White played on it,” he continued. “So it went straight to analog. 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.”
Burnett has been behind the boards for Elton’s most recent studio efforts, The Union and The Diving Board, and the legendary singer took the opportunity to muse on how he couldn’t see himself working with another producer ever again.
American Epic, produced by Robert Redford in conjunction with the BBC, will have a soundtrack curated by Burnett and White, featuring contemporary artists recording on vintage equipment. The project goes hand-in-hand with White’s current recording preservation efforts.