Don McLean to Release New Album + Sets Tour

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The singer-songwriter who will forever be known for “American Pie,” Don McLean, will release a new album, Botanical Gardens, on March 23 via BMG.

His 19th studio album and first in eight years, Botanical Gardens, according to a press release, “is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date.” McLean says, in the release, “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. 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.”

Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville, it says, “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.”

Listen to the title cut from Botanical Gardens

Related: The true story behind “American Pie”

McLean’s music has been performed by Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran, among others.

Listen to “The Lucky Guy,” a song from Botanical Gardens

“American Pie” was recently recognized with by BMI for achieving five Million-Air certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three Million-Air certified airplay awards. “American Pie” also has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is also included in the archive at the Library of Congress. McLean was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Botanical Gardens Track Listing
1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)
Feb 03 – Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center – Deadwood, SD
Feb 16 – Space Coast Daily Park – Viera, FL
Feb 17 – The Big Barn – The Woodlands, TX
Feb 23 – Southwest Florida Event Center – Bonita Springs, FL
Mar 02 – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater – Mesa, AZ
Mar 03 – Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA
Mar 10 – Cascade Theatre – Redding, CA
Mar 23-  City Winery – New York, NY
Apr 13 – Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, RI
Apr 14 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
May 12 – Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, FL

Listen to “Total Eclipse of the Sun,” a song from the new album

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