DON MCLEAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BOTANICAL GARDENS MARCH 23
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean is set to release his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23rd 2018 via BMG.
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, his prowess for writing timeless songs is once again captured on Botanical Gardens,
as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock
for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.
his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s
most reflective to date. As he characterizes 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.
In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American
music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis
Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth
Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed
His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was recently recognized with high
honors by BMI for achieving five (5) Million-Air certified airplay
awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3)
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. Don McLean was inducted in the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Official ‘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:
Feb 03 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center – Deadwood, S.D.
Feb 16 Space Coast Daily Park – Viera, Fla.
Feb 17 The Big Barn – The Woodlands, Texas
Feb 23 Southwest Florida Event Center – Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mar 02 Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater – Mesa, Ariz.
Mar 03 Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mar 10 Cascade Theatre – Redding, Calif.
Mar 23 City Winery – New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 The Birchmere – Alexandria, Va.
May 12 Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, Fla.
About Don McLean:
A New York native, Don McLean
is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American
history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late
‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent
(Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004,
McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country
superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and
hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored
for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of
the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy
Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was
inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry,
joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,”
classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar
recordings. McLean continues to tour both North America and abroad
bringing a mix of his classic hits with an array of new works, some of
which will be released in 2018.