By Brian Ives
One could argue that the Eagles are as influential on modern country music as icons like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Now, Eagles co-founder Don Henley will be showing his country influences on a new solo album.
The drummer/singer/songwriter will releasee Cass County on September 25; it’s his fifth solo album, and his first in 15 years. It sees him collaborating with some iconic country artists spanning a few generations: Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Dolly Parton. Another guest on the album is a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has also drawn heavily from country influences: Mick Jagger. The album was co-produced by Henley with his frequent collaborator (and former member of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) Stan Lynch.
Don Henley will launch a solo tour in October 2015 that will include concerts in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Durham, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Port Chester, NY; San Francisco, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Toronto, ON and Washington, D.C. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates.
Each ticket ordered for any of the tour dates will receive a Cass County deluxe CD.
It’s turning out to be a busy year for Henley, who is currently wrapping up a string of dates with the Eagles; the Eagles will receive the Kennedy Center Honors award later this year.