Cass County, Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, has premiered on NPR, which is streaming the album as part of its “First Listen” series. The album can be heard in its entirety up until its September 25th release via Capitol Records.
Named for the northeastern Texas county in which Henley was raised, Cass County represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. “I was born and raised in Texas. I’m a Southerner and a Texan. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s who I am and where I come from,” says Don Henley, who gives fans a peek at his journey home in the album trailer.
Rolling Stone noted, “Henley has made an album of quietly defiant pure-country modernism…Everything in the music serves the sting and solace in the tales.” US Weekly awarded Cass County four stars, hailing it as “All your ears will want to listen to for the rest of 2015.” “It’s everything you would hope for in a Henley album – wonderfully crafted lyrics with profound observations and powerful metaphors, flawless production and that distinctive voice – but with greater reflection and grace than ever before,” observed The Tennessean.
Recorded primarily in Nashville, TN, and Dallas, TX, Cass County was produced by Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album. It includes guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. View Henley’s official video for “When I Stop Dreaming” featuring Dolly Parton below.
Cass County will be available as a 12 song standard CD and digital album, as well as a 16 track deluxe version, which will be available on CD, digitally and a double disc, 180 gram vinyl LP. A super deluxe version, which includes a 50-page booklet with exclusive photos, collector postcards, deluxe CD album and deluxe Vinyl (2 disc 180 gram), will also be available in Henley’s official online store. A limited number of bundles will also be offered, including a T-shirt and 12×12 lithograph. Fans who pre-order Cass County digitally on iTunes or Amazon will instantly receive downloads of five tracks:”Take A Picture of This,” “That Old Flame,” “When I Stop Dreaming,” “Praying for Rain” and “Train in the Distance.”
Henley will launch the “Cass County Tour 2015” on October 3rd in Phoenix, Arizona. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates. Each ticket ordered online through the primary ticket outlet will receive a Cass County deluxe CD. Ticket buyers will receive an email notification to confirm the delivery details for their album.