Don Henley is releasing a country album, Cass County, which will be his first solo release in 15 years.
Henley discussed the project at an event during this year’s CMA Music Festival, where he shared that he had been working on the project for the last five years
“The great majority [of recording] was done right here in Nashville and I can truthfully say that I enjoyed making this record more than any record I’ve made in my career,” Henley said, according to Rolling Stone. “A lot of the reason is because of the people who participated.”
The album features an impressive list of guest artists, including Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe, and Trisha Yearwood. Although Henley is most well-known for his work with the Eagles, he says his journey into the country music genre is something that has come naturally.
“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,” Henley said. “I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s not me trying to do the ‘Don Henley country album.’ It’s who I am and where I come from.”
An official release date for Cass County has not yet been set.