The Eagles’ Don Henley Releases New Album

Music Mix Daily Staff

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While The Eagles were undisputedly a rock band and an amazing one at that, their music has always had an influence on the Country genre. Now, it seems, Country music has had an influence on Eagles frontman Don Henley, who has just released his fifth solo album, titled Cass Country.

Henley describes the album as a return to his roots. Born and raised in Northern Texas, the musician includes some brilliant covers and plenty of original material. The songs follow the Country music style of storytelling, with simple yet catchy melodies. While the songs may be Country, they do not follow the trends of current Country music. That means you won’t be hearing any rap influences and  this won’t be confused with modern Pop.

In fact, the album, which was recorded in Nashville, the Country music capital of America, includes some incredible pairings with historical Country legends. Most notable is a duet with Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love you, Jolene” and Merle Haggard, “Mama Tried, Pancho & Lefty.”  The incredible collaborations don’t stop there, with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger lending his vocals on one track, as well as the soft spoken Miranda Lambert and the soprano start, Martina McBride. Even Henley himself was surprised by his star-studded group of contributors, stating that he was “a lucky guy” since everyone he asked to contribute said yes!

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Still, this doesn’t mean that Henley is friendly with everyone. In fact, the singer recently made a jab at Donald Trump during a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert while performing the track “Too Much Pride” from his new album. While not on the recorded version, Henley directly referred to “Donald” and “Mr. Trump” as he sang about the fall and rise of empires. While Country artists may traditionally be more conservative, it seems that Don Henley takes Country manners seriously too – and thinks Donald Trump has “too much pride” for his own good.

So if you’re a fan of The Eagles and you love traditional country sound, grab your copy of Henley’s new album, Crass Country, which is now available in stores and online!