CASS COUNTY IS THE TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE WEEK AND HIS FIRST NO. 1 SOLO ALBUM
Album Awarded Four Stars By Rolling Stone, US Weekly And American Songwriter
Henley Performs On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” On October 8 And Makes His “Austin City Limits” Debut On October 24
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. He recently 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.” Henley is 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 the Events Section.
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 praised his “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. 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.