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Don Henley: Cass County

Album Review

Fifteen years after his last solo album, the Eagle has landed. In Nashville.

Five albums in 30-plus years is a pretty slim return by anyone’s standards. Don Henley’s last solo release was 2000’s Inside Job, issued after a protracted and ugly dispute with his old paymasters at Geffen. With the dust still settling on the latest Eagles tour, however, he’s elected to unveil a belated follow-up.

That Henley has elected to make a country album isn’t quite as random as it might appear. Cass County is named after the north-eastern chunk of Texas where he was raised. As a southerner weaned on Hank Williams and George Jones, he says, “This is a natural progression for me.”  

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