Don Henley scores first No 1 album of solo career with ‘Cass County’

Cass County debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, marking the first No. 1 album of Don Henley’s solo career. With more than 87,000 units sold in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Music, it was the top selling album of the week. It is also No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Cass County is Henley’s first solo studio album since Inside Job, which was released in May of 2000.

Henley will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, October 8th, and make his Austin City Limits debut on October 24th. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 14th Annual Americana Awards, which will be broadcast on PBS on November 21st as part of this season’s Austin City Limits. Henley is currently touring in support of Cass County and will headline The Forum in Los Angeles, CA this Friday, October 9th. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates. See itinerary below.

Named for the northeastern Texas county in which he was raised, Cass County represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Recorded primarily in Nashville, TN, and Dallas, TX, it includes guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. It was produced by Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album. Cass County is available now at all music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and in the artist’s official online store. The Target deluxe edition includes two exclusive tracks.

“Henley has made an album of quietly defiant pure-country modernism…Everything in the music serves the sting and solace in the tales,” said David Fricke in a four-star review for Rolling Stone. American Songwriter also awarded Cass County four stars, calling it “arguably Henley’s finest solo work” while US Weekly hailed it as “All your ears will want to listen to for the rest of 2015” in a four-star review. NPR, which premiered the album as a “First Listen,” praised it as “true to his roots” and USA Today noted, “the emotional but unsentimental album draws on the music and the land of Henley’s youth, but it doesn’t dwell there.”

“Henley gets to the heart of the matter,” observed The Boston Globe, which praisedhis “ability to slice to the bone with couplets both potent and poignant.” “From a songwriting standpoint, solo Henley isn’t far removed from Eagles Henley, exploring the nuances of lives that play out in a small town,” said the Los Angeles Times. The Tennessean noted, “It’s everything you would hope for in a Henley album.”

Henley shares his journey home with fans in the album trailer and offers additional insights in this CBS Sunday Morning feature. He recently performend “Too Much Pride” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The official video for “When I Stop Dreaming” featuring Dolly Parton and the video for “Take A Picture of This” are officially available.

Tour Dates:

10/5 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
10/7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
10/9 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
10/13 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
10/15 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/17 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/18 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/2 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
11/3 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/5 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
11/7 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit
11/8 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
11/10 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/12 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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