Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin features interpretations of some of Elton John's biggest hits by country artists including Little Big Town ("Rocket Man"), Chris Stapleton ("I Want Love"), Dierks Bentley ("Sad Songs (Say So Much)"), Kacey Musgraves ("Roy Rogers"), Brothers Osborne ("Take Me to the Pilot"), Vince Gill and Don Henley ("Sacrifice"), Lee Ann Womack ("Honkycat") and many more. The album art for Restoration was also created by Bernie Taupin himself.
"It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it," notes Elton. "As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity." "Because of our love of all kinds of music, we're not stuck in one genre," adds Taupin. "From day one we borrowed from everything that's good about American music – whether it's blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock – everything got thrown in the mix. I think that's why our music over the years has been so varied. It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it's one as long as ours."
A pop compilation, Revamp, was also released, including such artists as Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Pink, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato and Coldplay. "We have two completely different albums; Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one and God we have so many great artists doing our songs, it's quite incredible," proclaims Elton. "Restoration was Bernie's project and he's a huge country fan. The Revamp was more my project. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary."