Restoration: The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Various Artists

Elton John’s affection for country music runs deep. Its sweet, simple melodies and direct, heartfelt connection are hallmarks of his biggest hits. On Restoration, country stars make this glaringly clear. Chris Stapleton breathes fresh life into the deep cut “I Want Love.” And Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town show how “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” and “Rocket Man” are country songs at their core. When Lee Ann Womack drawls, “I quit those days and my redneck ways” on “Honky Cat,” it’s all too perfect.

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