Elton John to Work with Leon Russell, Neil Young & T Bone Burnett on New Release

Elton John might return to his Tumbleweed Connection era as he records with Leon Russell. With T. Bone Burnnett heading production John and Russell have been laying down “more than a dozen songs” according to a post on John’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin’s website. “It’s varied in scope and drenched in a rich tapestry of atmospherics, Don’t expect to hear the old EJ/BT sound; this is organic recording unlike anything you’ve heard from our duo before.” Taupin describes the music as covering everything “from Stones-like rockers, country-tinged ballads, gospel and even a Sinatra-like weepy.”

Some of the guiest performers are reported to be Booker T Jones, guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jim Keltner and a promising Canadian performer named Neil Young.

Russell is still recovering from brain surgery in January but apparently is playing a major part in the production. John is working his recording schedule around his tour with Billy Joel and several solo dates that will keep him on the road through September.

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