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Elton John and Jack White Collaborated for ‘American Epic’ Soundtrack Song

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Enlist Jack White to help put together a movie, and odds are you’ll end up with a pretty solid soundtrack. For proof, look no further than the cuts White rounded up for the upcoming American Epic: The Sessions set — including “2 Fingers of Whiskey,” a collaboration between White and Elton John.

The Sessions set is just one of several releases arranged around American Epic, a multimedia project that also includes a four-hour documentary about the history and roots of American music and a five-disc box collecting painstakingly restored tracks from recording technology’s earliest years. The Sessions tracks find contemporary artists presenting new versions of the songs unearthed for the film and box, underscoring the goal of the project as summed up by executive producer T Bone Burnett for Rolling Stone: “All of us have a common foe, and that’s forgetfulness – where you forget where you came from and who you are. We all appreciate that link to our history. We need that.”

American Epic starts airing on PBS stations today (May 16). Check out the trailer above, check your local listings for airdates, and take a look at the complete track listing for American Epic: The Sessions below. The Sessions collection is due out June 9 and available to pre-order now.

American Epic: The Sessions
Alabama Shakes – “Killer Diller Blues”
Nas – “On the Road Again
Blind Boy Paxton – “Candy Man”
Elton John & Jack White – “2 Fingers Of Whiskey”
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – “The Coo Coo Bird”
Ashley Monroe – “Like A Rose”
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – “The Only Man Wilder Than Me”
Jack White – “Matrimonial Intentions”
Rhiannon Giddens – “One Hour Mama”
Ana Gabriel – “Mal Hombre”
Los Lobos – “El Cascabel”
The Avett Brothers – “Closer Walk With Thee”
Beck – “Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods”
Bettye Lavette – “Nobody’s Dirty Business”
Pokey Lafarge – “St. Louis Blues”
Taj Mahal – “High Water Everywhere, Part 2″
Nas – “One Mic”
Rhiannon Giddens – “Pretty Saro”
Ashley Monroe & The Americans – “Jubilee”
Lost Bayou Ramblers – “Tous Les Matins”
Bettye Lavette – “When I Woke Up This Morning”
Frank Fairfield – “If The River Was Whiskey”
Raphael Saadiq – “Stealin’ Stealin’”
The Avett Brothers – “Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel”
The Americans – “Sail Away Ladies”
The Hawaiians – “Tomi Tomi”
Christine Pizzuti – “Last Kind Words”
Stephen Stills – “Come On In My Kitchen”
Jack White – “Mama’s Angel Child”
Pokey Lafarge – “Josephine”
The Hawaiians – “Hilo Hanakahi”
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – “Old Fashioned Love”

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