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 8, and make his “Austin City Limits” debut on October 24. Herecently received the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 14th Annual Americana Awards, which will be broadcast on PBS on November 21 as part of this season’s “Austin City Limits.” Henleyis currently touring in support of Cass County and will headline The Forum in Los Angeles, CA this Friday, October 9. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open on all the dates. See itinerary below or visit http://www.donhenley.com/events.
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 Countyfour 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 hisjourney home with fans in the album trailerand offers additional insights in this “CBS Sunday Morning” feature. His performance of “Too Much Pride” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” can be seen HERE. View the official video for “When I Stop Dreaming” featuring Dolly Parton HERE and the video for “Take A Picture of This” HERE.
DON HENLEY – CASS COUNTY TOUR 2015
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
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Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY® Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as Dirty Laundry, Heart Of The Matter, Boys Of Summer, The End Of The Innocence, and All She Wants To Do Is Dance. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center honors later this year, as a member of the Eagles.
Henley’s career as a musician and activist continues to evolve. In 1990, he founded the Walden Woods Project (www.walden.org), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the historic woods in Massachusetts where author/philosopher Henry David Thoreau first championed the concept of land conservation. The Project, celebrating its 25th anniversary has protected vast tracts of Walden Woods from the threat of commercial development, has created a highly acclaimed environmental educational initiative for students (www.worldwidewaldens.org) and maintains the most important library of Thoreau-related research material in the world. In addition, Henley founded the Caddo Lake Institute in his native East Texas, a privately operating foundation to act as an “ecosystem-specific” sponsoring entity, underwriting local wetland science and conservation education including cultural and ecological research and monitoring. Henley also co-founded the Recording Artists’ Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group formed to represent the interests of recording artists.