Constructed and led by Bernie Taupin, known top to be the lyrical 1 / 2 of an exceptionally successful and long-running songwriting collaboration with Elton John, Farm Pups is really a labor of love for the storyteller, who is definitely infatuated with American root base music. It had been his intention to produce a record that captured that easy uncluttered sound. Which means idea behind the Plantation Dogs’ task was to only use acoustic instruments, that your band trapped to aside from the usage of percussion plus some sparse guitar for impact. The recording was documented at Taupin’s house studio within the Santa Ynez Valley, where he operates a ranch along with his wife. Since his years as a child, Taupin continues to be fascinated with American culture as well as the crazy, crazy West, so it is not surprising the John recording Tumbleweed Connection was Taupin’s eyesight and that the Plantation Dogs task brings him back to where it started. For Taupin, Last Stand in Open up Country accumulates where Tumbleweed Connection remaining off, with the brand new songs bringing alive a string of colourful characters offering fast ladies, drunkards, misfits, and celebrities. Immigrant Sons adopted in 1998. Alongside Taupin, Farm Canines is made up of guitarist Jim Cregan and guitarist/dobro participant Robin LeMesurier, both of whom possess served lengthy tenures as sideman for Pole Stewart. Rounding out the group is definitely Dennis Tufano, previous lead vocalist for the ’60s group the Buckinghams. Tufano also done Taupin’s second single recording, He Who Trips the Tiger. Taupin’s additional efforts consist of an early-’70s, self-titled spoken term album, in addition to his third single project, Tribe.