Twenty three years after “Walkaway Joe,” the Eagles’ Don Henley is back with a brand new country album John Shearer/Invision/AP

Back in 1992, the Eagles’ Don Henley and country music’s Trisha Yearwood made musical magic through their collaboration on the song “Walkaway Joe,” which would peak at the number two spot on the Billboard country charts.

Twenty three years later, Henley is back to make another splash into country music with his first solo album in fifteen years – “Cass County.” Said to be a tribute to his southern upbringing in Texas, the much-anticipated album will be released on September 25.

“I was born and raised in Texas,” Henley said in a recent press release. “I’m a Southerner and a Texan. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s who I am and where I come from.”

But what many are ever more psyched to hear are the songs in which Henley collaborates with a handful of country music stars such as Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton.

“I can truthfully say, I enjoyed making this record more than any record I’ve made in my career because of the people who participated,” explained Henley, who recorded the album in both Nashville and Dallas. “John Sebastian was dead right in 1965 or 1966 when he wrote that song ‘Nashville Cats.’ It’s still true all these years later. There are some amazing musicians here.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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