Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie”, “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna‘s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.
In 2007, Don McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs.
Don continues to tour North America and the rest of the world – including UK/Europe in 2012, Australia in 2013 and two UK and Europe tours in one year in 2015. In June 2011 he performed for an audience of 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.
The new album: Botanical Gardens
Now, in 2018, a new chapter starts as Don McLean releases his new album ‘Botanical Gardens’ on March 23rd . The album precedes a 14-date UK tour, starting April 29th at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion. ‘Botanical Gardens’, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date. As he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.”
Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”
Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout. Don proves his prowess at writing timeless sounding songs once again, as the album weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock in this release
Pre-order now with Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and more and visit Don’s new Pledge store for exclusive signed copies of the CD, vinyl and tour posters.
World Tour 2018-2020
Following the release of ‘Botanical Gardens’ on March 23, Don embarks on a two-year World tour starting with 32 dates, April-June, in the UK and Ireland. Dates in Israel are followed by a return to the US to continue an extensive nationwide schedule of concerts. Dates in Europe and Australia will follow.
BMI Multi Million-Air Awards
January, 2018: Don McLean has been honored with two awards from BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), recognizing his long-standing career and outstanding contributions to the music industry through the iconic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).” Among the honors he received were five million certified airplays for “American Pie” and three million certified airplays for “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”
Don says: “I was delighted to receive certifications from BMI of these millions of airplays for my songs ‘Vincent’ and ‘American Pie’. I sincerely thank the radio folks out there and the public for their loyalty to me and my music for so many years. I am very thankful to everybody.”
Country Music Hall of Fame Spotlight
Memorabilia from Don McLean’s career has gone on display for a limited time at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville as part of the museum’s permanent “Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music” exhibit. More info.