Cass County (Deluxe)
Label: Capitol Records (CAP)
Considering the Eagles were big lovers of country and bluegrass, Don Henley’s journey to Nashville to record Cass County feels like a natural and relaxed fit. Featuring cameos from Miranda Lambert and fellow classic rock icon Mick Jagger, the cover of Tift Merritt’s “Bramble Rose” that opens the record is a fantastic fit for Henley, who always has excelled at slow, sad ballads. Deeper in the set, the mood turns deeply nostalgic as he reconnects with his East Texas roots on “Praying for Rain” and the dusty, softly chugging “Train in the Distance.” Why didn’t Henley head to Nashville sooner?