Don Henley will release his first new studio album in 12 years in May, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. During an interview with Philadelphia's WMGK he revealed that the new set, titled Cass County, after the Texas county he was raised, ". . . leans towards country. Some of it's traditional country, some of it is what you might call alt-country, and I've got a lot of interesting guest vocalists and musicians on there with me. I made a lot of the album in Nashville. Some of it was recorded here in Dallas and some of it was recorded in Southern California. I'm pretty pleased with it." The set is co-produced by Henley's longtime collaborator, former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer, Stan Lynch.
He went on to real that he's currently working on his autobiography: "But it will be a few years before we get to that. . . I don't want to write a trashy tell-all. . . I think you can tell the truth and not get too salacious or prurient or tacky."
Henley went on to talk about the new documentary, History Of The Eagles, which premiered last month at Sundance and will air over two nights later this month on Showtime, saying, "We were always a pretty private band," he continued. We didn't allow a lot of access to our little entourage there. Partly, of course, because of our behavior. . . I've got a lot of explaining to do to my kids."
Henley revealed that a former member of the Eagles would be joining the band on the road this year in belated celebration of their 40th anniversary. He pointed out that it would not be guitarist Don Felder, who was fired from the Eagles in 2001 following monetary disputes with Henley, Glenn Frey, and Eagles manager Irving Azoff. The case was settled out of court the following year.
That leaves co-founders guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner who quit the band in 1975 and 1977, respectively. There's been no word from the Eagles camp about who will be joining the lineup for the 2013 dates.
A while back Don Henley told VH1 that he wouldn't want to be an up and coming artist trying to break into the music business: "I feel badly for a lot of these new artists, a lot of these younger artists now, who come out and sell five, sic, seven, eight million copies of their first album, because that creates unrealistic expectations. And most of them will not be able to duplicate that again. I mean, I guarantee that their second album will not sell as many copies as their first album. I'm grateful that we went up slowly. Which is not to say, of course, that If you're tremendously successful your first. . . right out of the box that you won't have that success again, you have to get through the sophomore year."
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