When he’s not lending his Roots Music Pedigree™ to Hollywood productions from O Brother, Where Art Thou to True Detective, T-Bone Burnett often produces late-career Americana excursions by aging British rock heroes such as Elvis Costello and Robert Plant. He also worked with Elton John on 2013’s The Diving Board, and as Burnett tells Billboard, he and John just finished up a second album together. (That’s the two of them pictured up there at a 2010 MusiCares event along with Sheryl Crow.) Although The Diving Board was introspective, Burnett says this next LP will be a return to John’s crowd-pleasing sing-alongs of yore:
We just finished a new Elton record that’s beautiful. It’s a very upbeat rock’n’roll record. That last album was a particular group of very personal material; this is broadcasting. That one was a parlor record; this is a festival.
Let’s hope this new record is more “Bennie And The Jets”/”Tiny Dancer”/”Rocket Man” than “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” Burnett also spoke about his soundtrack endeavors, True Detective backlash, Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music, his A&R work for Capitol, and his falling out with ABC’s Nashville. Read the whole interview here.