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Don Henley Discusses Upcoming Country Album, Eagles Plans

EaglesBand.comThe Eagles' Don Henley recently revealed to Rolling Stone that he's been working on a country-flavored album that will feature a mix of originals and cover tunes.  The singing drummer divulged some more information about the project, which he's co-producing with former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers member Stan Lynch, in an interview with Recordnet.com this week.  

He explained that the collection's sound was very influenced by the music he was exposed to during his youth in rural Texas.  "I'm a musical mutt because I grew up in a musical, cultural crossroads," he said.  "Like many of my musical heroes, I am literally from 'the country' -- the sticks -- and it has been a great catalyst for me."

Henley also reported that a number of guest stars from the world of country and bluegrass music will appear on the record, which he's hoping to put out in the spring.  "I've had the opportunity to sing with artists I admire, including Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and several others," he said.  "There will be some surprises on the album, too -- some unexpected guests."

In addition, Henley revealed that quite a bit of activity from the Eagles is on the horizon, as the band prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their music hitting the radio waves.  "We've got several projects in the works, including a record, a documentary, more touring and, in a couple of years, a theatrical production based on our musical catalog," he reported.

Henley has a handful of solo concerts lined up for October.  His next gig takes places on Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre in Murphys, California.

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