By Jim Johnson

Don Henley‘s new album, Cass County, is loaded with a who’s who of country artists, including Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and Mick Jagger — yes, Mick Jagger.

Henley tells us, “If you listen to the stuff The Rolling Stones recorded between 1968 and 1972, there’s country all over it.” Mick joins Don and Miranda on the album’s opening track, a cover of Tift Merritt‘s “Bramble Rose.”

Jagger also plays harmonica on the song, which, as Henley tells us, was Mick’s idea. Henley, who was unable to be in the Los Angeles studio when Jagger did his session, says he got a message from Mick asking if he would “fancy a little harp?” And Henley’s message back was, “Yes, we would fancy some.”

Henley starts his tour this Saturday in Phoenix, with a warm-up performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

The “Cass County” tour rolls through Detroit November 7th at the Fox Theater.

A snippet of Don Henley doing “Bramble Rose” with Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert:


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