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!
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.
READ THE ENTIRE CMT INTERVIEW WITH DON HENLEY HERE.