Elton John's folk rocking album
Published 08/03/2010 | 15:56
Sir Elton John is recording an album of collaborations with artists including Leon Russell and Neil Young.
The Crocodile Rock singer's longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin revealed on his website the star has already recorded 15 songs for the new album "from Stones-like rockers, country-tinged ballads, gospel and even a Sinatra-like weepy similar to something torn from the grooves of In the Wee Small Hours".
Elton and Leon have written songs for the album and have been working with Producer T-Bone Burnett in Los Angeles.
Billboard.com reports Neil Young, Booker T Jones, Marc Ribot and Jim Keltner are among the guests who have contributed to the album, which currently has no title or release date.
Leon, 67, has been keeping a low profile in recent years, releasing albums on his own Leon Russell Records label.
He underwent brain surgery in January but Bernie revealed: "Leon continues to improve from the surgery that sidelined him in the initial stages and caused the media to over diagnose his condition. His playing is masterful as ever and his contribution to the project grows more exciting with the passing of every day."