Little Big Town’s version of “Rocket Man” – included on the new Elton John tribute album Restoration – features some interesting space sounds, which are from NASA’s Mission Juno to explore the planet Jupiter. The project unlocked some of the secrets of the planet and the sounds from Juno’s Waves radio instrument were weaved throughout LBT’s harmonies on the song. Dr. Scott Bolton, the Principal Investigator for the Juno mission, assisted the band in working the Juno data into the music.
LBT's Karen Fairchild tells us: “One of the main reasons why we chose ‘Rocket Man’ was because we were so intrigued by not just, of course, Elton John, but by using the sounds from the Juno project so we had all these Jupiter noises. We were like what if we did the acapella version of ‘Rocket Man’ on the Elton record, and Frank Liddell loved that idea and we were off to the races . . . (Kimberly Schlapman) or Jupiter. (Phillip Sweet) Space race.” “Rocket Man” is just one of the songs from the new album, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The compilation, available April 6th, also includes songs from Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and many more.
Little Big Town will help honor Elton’s career spanning five decades with a TV tribute – Elton John: I’m Still Standing A Grammy Salute – set to air on April 10th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.