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Don Henley Plans a Country Project
Posted By Tom Roland On September 16, 2010 @ 11:02 AM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
The Eagles  have long been hailed as an influence on modern country music, a fact that’s never been lost on drummer Don Henley . Now it appears Don is aiming to release an album that plays on that history.
He’s been working on an album of country songs — some originals, some covers. He’s in good company in the process. He’s been putting the project together with Stan Lynch, who used to be the drummer with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
“He’s another quasi-redneck who is amazingly gifted and has a killer sense of humor,” Don told Diablo, a San Francisco-area publication. “His dad was a professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and Stan lives on a sheep and timber farm, east of there.”
The Eagles’ sound from the pre-Hotel California era blended country and rock with strong, hooky songs and refined harmonies. That served as a template for a lot of country stars, and Don has taken advantage of the connection before.
In 1992, Don sang harmony on Trisha Yearwood’s Top 5 ballad, “Walkaway Joe,” and was in the video:
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In 1993, he had a big hand in the development of Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles, an album that featured remakes of the band’s originals by the likes of Alan Jackson , Brooks & Dunn , Diamond Rio  and Tanya Tucker . The CD won Album of the Year from the Country Music Association, and it also raised a bunch of money for one of Don’s favorite charities, the Walden’s Woods Project, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as an environmental agency.
“It’s been a remarkable experience, and a lot has been accomplished,” he said of the charity, “but there is still a tremendous amount of work to do. I would advise young people to start small, start locally.”
The Eagles will be back on the road next month, and one of the shows has an environmental theme: Atlanta’s annual Green Concert is designed to raise money for Piedmont Park.
No release date has been mentioned for Don’s country-themed album.
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