FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, October 29, 2015) –– The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts welcomes legendary American music icon Don Henley, the iconic singer-songwriter and founding member of The Eagles, to the Academy of Music on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Philadelphia concert will be the last stop on Henley’s “Cass Country Tour 2015,” which supports Cass Country (now on sale) – his fifth studio album and first solo album in 15 years. Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will be the special guest at the Philadelphia show.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Henley for his inaugural performance at the Academy of Music,” says Anne Ewers, President and CEO of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “His songbook is full of American pop/rock classics, and Cass County will no doubt feature yet more hits for us to sing along.”
DON HENLEY WITH SPECIAL GUEST SHAWN COLVIN
Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center
November 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available from $57. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org , or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Each ticket ordered online will receive a Cass Country deluxe CD. Ticket buyers will receive an email notification to confirm the delivery details for their album.
Cass Country, named for the northeastern Texas county in which Henley was raised, is available as a 12-song standard CD and digital album, as well as a 16-track deluxe version, available on CD, digitally, and a double disc, 180 gram Vinyl LP. The album is being released in the U.S. through Capitol Records.
The album was produced by Don Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album, and represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Recorded primarily in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, the album includes guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Dolly Parton.
Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum records, and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular, and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as Dirty Laundry, Heart of the Matter, Boys of Summer, The End of the Innocence and All She Wants To Do Is Dance. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received 2015 Kennedy Center honors as a member of the Eagles.
In the decades since the release of her debut album, GRAMMY Award winner Shawn Colvin has released a string of superlative albums and established an enduring reputation as one of America’s great live performers. Her lasting appeal is due in part to her willingness to lay herself bare in song coupled with a wry wit and mesmerizing guitar playing. Her forthcoming album Uncovered (Concord Records, Sept. 25th) is the long-awaited follow-up to fan favorite Cover Girl. On Uncovered, Colvin shines with sublime sensitivity, casting new light on an exquisitely curated collection of songs from some of the most admired writers in popular music history, including Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Graham Nash, and Robbie Robertson. Eagles guitarist Steuart Smith (who produced Cover Girl) re-teams with Colvin to craft unhurried, rich renditions of these compositions, each one loving and heartfelt; an elegant tribute by a masterful interpreter.
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2015-2016 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.