As Eagles’ farewell tour nears its end, Don Henley plots next move: a country album paying homage to southern roots
on Henley, drummer and vocalist for the Eagles, has confirmed that his next record – his first solo offering since Inside Job, way back in 2000, will be an album of country songs. The album will be entitled Cass County, and is to be released on 25 September.
Henley recently hosted a listening party in Nashville, where he told the assembled journalists, “I’m associated with California a lot because of that other band that I play in, but I really and truly was born and raised in Cass County, Texas. I’m a Southerner and a Texan. I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me.”
Henley had previously described Cass County as “and album for grown-ups” and said it was “a reflection of a part of my musical foundation — songs I heard on the radio and on my parents’ record player in the 50s and 60s. It’s not exactly a ‘retro’ album, but neither does it reflect much of what’s going on in ‘modern’ music.”
The album will feature guest appearances by Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger and Martina McBride, and is to be supported by a solo tour on which Henley will be joined by folk star Shawn Colvin.