Three years ago, we heard the news that Eagles drummer, songwriter, and singer, Don Henley was making a country record. Many have expected for all possible ways this could go. The influence of the Eagles on country music has been unquestionable. However, just how to frame that impact, positive or negative, depends on who you speak to. Don Henley’s solo project has also been a diverging proposal over the years. His solo country record album Cass County is a branding instrument for another meddling Don Henley solo release. He surprised us with his classic style so much evident in one of his tracks with Dolly Parton. “When I Stop Dreaming” by Dolly Parton and Don Henley is another proof that rock and country when merged, brings out the best of all a favorite music can be.
Cass County, Album Specifics
Don Henley collaborated with a handful of famous folks on the album. Merle Haggard was also one of those. He even shared that Henley wanted his input to be perfect. Another song, “That Old Flame” was with Martina McBride. It was fine but was a little unclear to offer the vision Henley’s record has. The best part, we would say, is his duet with Dolly Parton on an old Louvin Brothers song “When I Stop Dreaming”. As one of the few covers on the record, both Don and Dolly have their own history with the song.
“When I Stop Dreaming”, Don and Dolly’s Story
Henley recalls hearing it when he was growing up as an eight-year-old in 1955. Before, it seemed like every artist who decides to go country loves to sing this. Cass County in Texas where Don Henley grew up certainly is country. However, covering this song was Don Henley’s way of strengthening that bond to his past, not just paying lip service to possible critics.
Dolly also has a past with the song. She used to sing it with Porter Wagoner as part of his collection. The Louvin Brothers were never given their due for inducing the commonness of harmony in American music, in country and rock. Truly, “When I Stop Dreaming” is an excellent example of the Louvin’s lasting effect.
Without a doubt, Don Henley and Dolly Parton laid down the ultimate take of the song, at least from the last fifty years. Designed and shaped in an amazingly old-style way, the waltz beat and earnest story are overstated with the sincere performance of Henley and Parton.
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