Yola’s Deluxe ‘Walk Through Fire’ Includes an Elton John-Approved ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ Cover [LISTEN]
Yola shared a deluxe version of her Dan Auerbach-produced early 2019 studio debut, Walk Through Fire, on Friday (Dec. 6), and the new project includes a couple of special surprises. The most eye-catching of those is a cover of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," which the iconic British singer premiered on his social media.
The 1973 pop classic translates beautifully to Yola's soulful vocals and lush instrumental style, and John appears to agree, offering up a glowing review of her performance of his song and general artistry. "If you haven't heard of Yola...go and see her," John says, according to a press release. "You'll be delighted at what you hear."
"I'm a HUGE Elton fan, and we've been playing 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' on the tour," Yola explains of her decision to include her version of the song. "[I] wanted to cut a version for this release which Dan also produced! And then for Elton to personally premiere it, well that is the icing on the cake!"
The new deluxe re-issue includes another new track, "I Don't Wanna Lie," which Yola says was nearly included on the project's original version. "So many great songs from that session didn't make the final cut, including 'I Don't Wanna Lie,'" she notes. Like many of Walk Through Fire's track list, the song includes performances from legendary studio musicians. Bassist Dave Roe, who was a session player for the likes of Johnny Cash, and drummer Gene Chrisman, who contributed to hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley, were among the legendary musicians who lent their talents to the recording.
Over the course of the year, Yola -- who is among The Boot's 2019 Artists to Watch -- has rocketed into the spotlight. She was a guest performer on the Highwomen's album, opened shows for Kacey Musgraves, toured extensively and earned four 2020 Grammy nominations.
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