Tumbleweed Connection was Elton John’s third studio album. It was released in 1970 in the UK and 1971 in the US. Concept albums were big at the time and this record is infused with country and western/Americana themes. It remains one of my favorite Elton John albums.
The cover evokes rural America BUT a closer look at the signs indicates that it was taken at a railway station in Sussex. It’s an indelible image from photographer David Markham.
The YouTube playlists are a mess so here are my two favorite tunes from the album instead: