Listen to Don Henley and Mick Jagger’s New Duet, ‘Bramble Rose’
The record, streaming courtesy of NPR, leads off with "Bramble Rose," originally recorded as the title track of alt-country artist Tift Merritt's 2002 debut LP. It's one of several guest-assisted cuts on Cass County, which also includes appearances from an array of artists that includes Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. You can listen to it below.
Henley discussed the album during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying it finds him at a more peaceful and confident place than he might have been as as younger artist. "There’s a paralyzation that occurs when you’re too hard on yourself. The great becomes the enemy of the good," he explained. "I just decided to lighten up. There’s a magical middle ground that if you hit it, you can write and you can write well. I’m never going to be Paul Simon or Randy Newman, but I’m going to be me and I always aspire to do better work."
Looking ahead to the possibility of another album — or retirement — Henley mused, "This is all just gravy now. The fact that I have a record contract at 68 is a victory ... I can make another record or I could not. But I’ve got a lot of records in my head to make. I just have to live long enough to do them."
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