‘Catch of the Day’ – Don Henley with Trisha Yearwood – “Words Can Break Your Heart” [AUDIO]
Today the spotlight falls on an singer, songwriter and drummer, who was born and raised in Gilmer, TX, an artist who has long been considered a rocker, but whose musical influences are true country through and through.
During the heyday of The Eagles, drummer and vocalist Don Henley on many of the groups country tinged hits like "Desperado", "Best of My Love" and "One of These Nights". With the Eagles, Henley sold over 150 million albums, winning six Grammy Awards, and an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist, he has sold an additional 10 million albums; between his career with the Eagles and as a solo artist, Henley has released 11 studio albums, had a combined 25 top-20 singles and 11 #1 hits.
The Eagles founder is also known for his work with political and ecological causes. In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to protect the Waldon Pond area of Concord, Massachusetts, from development. The area came to fame in the 1800's in the writings of author Henry David Thoreau; owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the area was made famous in Walden; Life In The Woods.
Henley also founded the non-profit Caddo Lake Institute, to help underwrite ecological education and research. The group's main goal is to help protect the Texas wetland areas around the area the signer grew up. Henley also founded the Recording Artist's Coalition in 2000, an organization dedicated to protecting musicians rights against common music industry practices. In this role, Henley has testified before Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 2001 and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in 2003.
With all of this work, both charitable and professional, on his resume, you would expect the 68-year old drummer to start slowing down, But just when you think that, Henley released his first solo album in 15 years, Cass County. The album is dedicated to the music he grew up listening to, growing up in Cass County, TX. Featuring several duets with country artist, the album does have a decidedly country feel to it, and the album was recorded in Nashville.
The album debuted in the #1 slot on the Billboard country albums chart in September. The first single from the album, "Take A Picture of This", failed to crack the country singles chart, but peaked at #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The second single from Cass County is our featured song today. Featuring Trisha Yearwood, with whom Henley previously teamed with for "Walk Away Joe", today's Catch of the Day is Don Henley and "Words Can Break Your Heart", new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.