Kacey Musgraves Spins Vintage Country Into Elton John’s ‘Roy Rogers’ [Listen]
Kacey Musgraves is one of many artists paying tribute to Elton John, honoring the legend with her interpretation of the sentimental classic, "Roy Rogers."
She stays true to the nostalgic sound John put forth on the original version, which appears on his iconic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, but incorporates a hint of twang with a soft steel guitar and subtle banjo in the background for the 2018 adaptation.
Her sweet vocals pour through over the wistful melody while she brings to life John's image of the classic cowboy figure as she sings, "Oh, and Roy Rogers is riding tonight / Returning to our silver screens / Comic book characters never grow old / Evergreen heroes whose stories were told / Oh the great sequin cowboy who sings of the plains."
Elton John Is a Maren Morris Fan!
Musgraves is in tune with the cinematic element John incorporated into his musical homage to the famous "Happy Trails" singer — it's a song that works as well for her, a modern artist, as it did for John.
The country star stands beside a multitude of her peers in honoring the legacy of Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin on the tribute album, Revamp & Restoration with Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus many more appearing on the countryfied Restoration part of the project.
"Their take on it could have been very glee club-ish. And Frank Liddell's production just turned it on its ear. It's really spectacular," Taupin says of Little Big Town's cover of "Rocket Man."
"Maren Morris just killed 'Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.' It sounds like an old Memphis track now," he continues.
Revamp & Restoration are available now.