Don Henley has long been working on his country-inspired album, ‘Cass Country’. With the LP due to be released on September 25, the singer-songwriter and Eagles’ drummer has unveiled one of the tracks to be included: a cover of The Louvin Brothers’ ‘When I Stop Dreaming’ featuring co-lead vocals from Dolly Parton. Click below to listen.
Premiering the track via USA Today, Henley spoke about collaborating with Parton. “I think we had about two or three takes with Dolly,” Henley said. “She comes in and goes, ‘I know this song; I used to do it with Porter [Wagoner]’. She sings it once, and she goes, ‘Mmm, it’s in a pretty high key for me. I guess I’ll just have to rare back and get it’. And, boy, she did. What a voice that girl has, coming out of such a small person.”
Parton – who also sang backing vocals on Emmylou Harris’s 1977 version of ‘When I Stop Dreaming’ – took to Twitter yesterday (August 7) to post a link to the new track, adding, “It was a treat to sing this Louvin Brothers classic with Don Henley”.
In addition to Dolly, Henley will be joined on ‘Cass Country’ by Mick Jagger, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack. The deluxe edition of album will include covers of Jesse Winchester’s ‘Brand New Tennessee Waltz’ and Billy Sherrill’s ‘Too Far Gone’.
“I kind of started the album by recording those cover songs,” Henley said. “It got me started and inspired me to try to measure up to those songs. I’m not comparing my stuff to them, but they were the catalyst for some of the other stuff.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 7, 2015