Born in 1947, Henley's upbringing had a great effect on his life. Such was the influence of his hometown, that when he recently hit the studio to make his first solo album in fifteen years, he drew inspiration from his time growing up in the countryside and from the artists he grew up listening to.
About his childhood in the country he said:
It gave me space to dream. I could roam the woods and the fields, swim in the lakes, ride my bike to school. I was exposed to different kinds of music from all different directions, since my part of Texas was at a cultural crossroads.
It gave him the chance to express himself and provided him with a different perspective on life which later manifested into his music.
In 1970, Henley moved to Los Angeles to try and make it big as a musician. He later called this journey an adventure that would change his life forever. A year later, his life did change drastically when he met Glen Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon while playing in a backing band for Linda Ronstadt. Together, the four talented musicians would form the greatest rock band in American history; the Eagles.
From their first self titled album, that came out in 1972, to their seventh and latest effort “Long Road Out of Eden” in 2007, each of these records have managed to achieve either platinum or diamond level sales. In total they have sold over a hundred and fifty million albums all over the world and are officially the fifth highest selling artists and the highest selling band in US history. They also won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Time for a solo
Even though the Eagles enjoyed unprecedented success all over the world, something always seemed to be missing from Henley's life.
He once said:
I love my career in the Eagles, but I need some new material.
He finally found a solution to that and released his first solo album, “I Can’t Stand Still” in 1982. Even though it did not reach the heights that most of his previous releases with the Eagles had, it was still certified gold. The album provided him with an opportunity to try out different styles of music.
Since then, he has released three more albums. Each of those albums has managed to chart progressively higher on the Billboard music charts than the last one. His highest selling solo album was his 1989 effort, titled “The End of Innocence” which made it to number eight on the US music charts and was certified six times platinum.
The future is bright
Henley released his last solo album, “Inside Job,” in 2000 and hadn't returned to the recording studio since; that is till now. Early in the summer of 2015, he announced his intentions of working on a new album, titled “Cass County.” The title is a tribute to his home county and the album features some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dolly Parton, Mick Jagger, Trisha Yearwood and many more. The duet with Parton for the song “When I Stop Dreaming” is just an illustration of what you can expect from Henley’s latest effort.
In Henley's own words:
I got people whose voices move me, people whose music I respect. They're real singers who can really get the job done.
He has also announced a concert tour which will commence in early October and go on till mid-November. The caravan will make its way to over fifteen cities around the US and the fans will be able to get up close and personal with the icon himself. You can be a part of this epic ride too. Join the hundreds and thousands of fans that are buying Don Henley tickets and watch the legend do what he does best, live on the stage.