Don Henley casts all-star guests for new country album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When Texan Don Henley of the Eagles started looking for guest singers to accompany him on his new country album, he compared it to casting for a film.

The 68-year-old Henley says he was extremely fortunate that nobody turned him down.

The all-star cast on “Cass County,” out Friday, includes Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, along with Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill.

Henley kicks off the album with a killer cover of “Bramble Rose” featuring Lambert and Mick Jagger, who adopts a little twang in his voice and plays the harmonica.

Henley spent years recording “Cass County,” his first new solo music in 15 years, in Texas, California and various studios around Nashville, Tennessee. He cut most of the album live in the studio singing with the band.