Don Henley Cites The Dillards as Major Musical Influence

With today’s press buzzing about the new solo release, Cass County, by iconic Eagles member Don Henley, we are proud to see and hear Henley’s continued references to 1680 Artist Rodney Dillard and The Dillards in a string of recent featured print, television, and radio interviews!

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While noting his intention to explore his musical roots and inspiration with the new album’s works – which also features many other artists who were directly influenced by The Dillards: Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks, et al – Henley continues to highly regard Rodney Dillard and The Dillards, citing the legendary bluegrass group as a major influence in his musical direction, and also that of his mothership band, The Eagles.

The Dillards did it first. That first album — the Dillards’ album called Wheatstraw Suite, which came out in 1968 — was as a very influential album in my life…I was a big fan of the Dillards. In fact, I drove through a snowstorm to hear them play in Fort Worth back in 1968. … I just thought it was the most interesting song and they were an interesting band.

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Bluegrass Legends, The Dillards, back in the Recording Studio!

Overwhelmingly recognized as the “father of modern bluegrass,” Rodney Dillard is currently putting the finishing touches on the album his worldwide fans have demanded for decades. Tentatively and simply titled The Dillards, the new release will feature the signature sound that Rodney Dillard is known for crafting.

Executive-produced by Ken Lingad for 1680Entertainment, the album will feature 12 brand-new tracks cut by The Dillards and a handpicked musical posse of the hottest talents. The music is best described as a “genre-defying combination of the signature ‘Dillards Sound’ and fresh explorations in Americana.” Loyal fans of the legendary group will have their appetites thoroughly satisfied by several bluegrass “burners,” while new listeners will fall in love with The Dillards’ diverse sonic palette.

The rest, as they say, is history – actually, Rodney Dillard and The Dilllards have already made history. Now they’re doing it…again.



The Dillards 2015 – Photo Credit: John Brown Photography

L-R: Tony Wray (5-string Banjo, 6-string Banjo/Guitar, Harmony Vocals)

George Giddens (Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals)

Beverly Cotten-Dillard (Clawhammer Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals, Spoons)

Rodney Dillard (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Dobro)

Jeff Gilkinson (5-string Cello, Harmonica, Porchboard, Harmony Vocals)

Ken Lingad (Drums Set, Cajon, Hand and Foot Percussion, Harmony Vocals)