Elton John and Jack White Collaborate on New Recording
John spilled the beans during a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, during which he waxed rhapsodic about his working relationship with producer T Bone Burnett, who’s been at the boards for John’s recent studio records ‘The Union’ and ‘The Diving Board.’ Asked about his recent admission that he couldn’t imagine ever working with another producer, John revealed that he’s actually been in the studio with Burnett even more recently than ‘The Diving Board.’
“I just did a thing with him the other day for ‘American Epic,’ a six-episode program about the history of the blues,” said John. “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. 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.”
Produced by Robert Redford in conjunction with the BBC, ‘American Epic’ will boast a soundtrack curated by Burnett and White, featuring current artists recording on vintage equipment. As ABC News Radio reports, it’s part of a full-on dive into the past for White, who’s also busy assembling a huge box that will rescue dozens of recordings from the Paramount Records vault. The first installment, ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927),’ is due Nov. 19.