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Don Henley Calls Songwriting ‘Less Traumatic’ These Days

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Don Henley’s new solo set, Cass County, is already garnering great reviews for the Eagles co-founder. The country-tinged album, which features collaborations with Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Miranda Lambert, among others, marks his first new solo set since 2000’s Inside Job.

Henley spoke about the ease of making the album to USA Today, explaining, “I think this was the most enjoyable record I’ve ever made. At this point in my life, I wouldn’t say songwriting has become easier, but it has become less traumatic for me. I’m not as afraid. I’m not paralyzing myself by trying too hard.

I’ve been through that, where I raised the bar too high and I couldn’t meet it. This time, I went a little easier on myself: ‘Just be honest and write what comes out.’ It worked out fine.”

He went on to explain, “The point is that it’s okay to look back, you just don’t want to live back there. You look back in order to see where you’ve been so that you can appreciate where you are now, and maybe where you’re going.”

On where Cass County fits in musically, Henley said: “It’s not a country album; it’s not necessarily an Americana album. It’s a Don Henley album.”

During the long process of writing and recording the Eagles’ last album, 2007’s chart-topping and Grammy Award-winning Long Road Out Of Eden, Don Henley shed light on how good songs make their way into the world: “I have what I call the pancake theory. The first pancakes off the griddle are not very good. You usually have to throw them away because they’re all kind of bubbly and burnt around the edges. So, the songs are sort of the same, y’know? The first ones that we come up with might not be consumable. So, we’re gonna keep doing it.”

October 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
October 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
October 7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
October 9 – Inglewood, CA – Forum
October 13 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
October 15 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
October 17 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
October 18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
November 2 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
November 3 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
November 5 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
November 7 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
November 8 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
November 10 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
November 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy Of Music

Photo Courtesy of Capitol Records

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