With Elton John preparing to embark on his international farewell tour, it seems only appropriate to honor his legacy and pay tribute to his indelible impact musically and culturally. Recently, two tribute albums were released in honor of Sir Elton; Revamp comprised of a number of pop stars reinterpreting his best-known hits and Restoration, featuring country singers such as Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, which explores his underrated country catalog.
With the Elton John: I'm Still Standing Grammy Salute airing tonight, April 10, at 9PM on CBS, we wanted to highlight two country cover's from Restoration that will get you even more excited for tonight's show.
“My Father’s Gun,” which was originally released in 1970 on the Tumbleweed Connection, is reimagined by Miranda Lambert and tells the story of the son of a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, who buries his father and takes his gun to join the battle. Lambert's version is much more simplistic compared to John's and relies on her dynamic vocals and sparse instrumentals to amplify the song's powerful story. Listen to the country singer's rendition of “My Father's Gun" in the clip below:
Another great cover on the tribute album comes from Little Big Town and their take on John's 1972 hit, “Rocket Man." The harmony-rich version inspires an outer-worldly experience for listeners as Little Big Town brings the famous single to new heights with their unique vocal stylings. Featured on his Honky Chateau LP, the tune came at the peak of the Apollo space missions and when artists such as David Bowie were also trying to capture the emptiness and uncertainty of space travel.
Listen to the foursomes' cover of “Rocket Man" in the video below:
Catch Elton John: I'm Still Standing Grammy Salute airing tonight, April 10, at 9PM on CBS.