Don Henley has debuted his long awaited Cass County album to a group of invitation only reporters in Nashville on Thursday (June 11th).
Capitol Records in Hollywood will release the album with John Grady’s I.R.S. imprint in Nashville handling its country singles, Music Row reports.
Much of the album was recorded in Nashville with many of the songs’ lyrics written upstairs in the old Jack’s Tracks recording studio on Music Row which Garth Brooks purchased and renamed Allentown in honor of his former producer/songwriter Allen Reynolds.
“Most of it was done in Nashville. I had an amazing team of people working on this record. I certainly plan on recording more here in the future,” Henley states. “John Sebastian was dead right in 1966 when he wrote [the Lovin’ Spoonful hit] ‘Nashville Cats.’ I enjoyed making this record more than any record I’ve made in my career.”
Guest vocalists on the album include Mick Jagger, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Kellie Pickler, Ashley Monroe and Lucinda Williams, among others.
“I chose people whose work I respect, musically, people who can really sing when called upon to sing,” Henley says of his collaborators. “I was flattered and flabberghasted when all of them said yes. People that I admire, that’s the kind of people I wanted on this record.”
“I certainly plan on recording more here in the future.”
The recording of the album has been finished for nearly a year except for the mixing and remixing of the tracks. Henley co-produced it with his frequent songwriting collaborator Stan Lynch, best known as the drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
“It’s been 15 years since my last solo album: I believe in quality over quantity,” Henley states with a chuckle. “We started working on this record in 2010. I worked on it in between Eagles tours. The record’s been done for about a year now.”
Henley also doesn’t see it as a country record.
“I don’t really want to put it in a category,” he said. “I’m associated with California, but I was born and raised in Cass County, Texas, and I am a Texan. So this is a natural progression for me. This is my where-I-come-from album.”
The album is expected to be released on September 18th, the “New Music Fridays” global release date.