Everyone knows [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm], but not as many people are familiar with [lastfm]Leon Russell[/lastfm]. The 68-year old country rocker was one of John’s biggest influences, and the megastar is going back to his roots with a duets album sure to make for a fantastic concert!
The Union is the product of the John/Russell collaboration and will be released two weeks from now, on October 19th.
“I want to make sure he has a great career ahead of him,” John said of the largely-forgotten Russell. “I don’t want him driving around the country doing five shows a week in his bus any more. I just want him to be comfortable, have a new publishing deal, get him back into public consciousness and keep him there.”
Russell has an amazing background as a songwriter and a sideman. He’s recorded with artists as varied as [lastfm]Frank Sinatra[/lastfm] and the [lastfm]Rolling Stones[/lastfm], he’s released albums in five decades and still tours extensively. Yet his name has remained out of the spotlight.
“Leon’s career in recent years has been like Crazy Heart without the drugs and booze,” John said. “Not bitter, not the slightest bit bitter, but maybe he lost his confidence.”
With the Crazy Heart parallels, of course, it was natural to enlist [lastfm]T-Bone Burnett[/lastfm] to produce the work. Burnett was a driving force behind the Jeff Bridges tour de force, and also produced [lastfm]Alison Krauss[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Robert Plant[/lastfm]‘s duets album Raising Sand.
What do you think – fitting tribute or pity case?
[Source: The Boot]