Preview: Don McLean's New Album, "Botanical Gardens", Out on March 23

Artist: Don McLean
Title: Botanical Gardens
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Label: BMG
  • CD 
  • Digital
Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean is set to release his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23 via BMG. Don is set to appear on BBC Breakfast Thursday, March 15 along with multiple BBC radio stations and Absolute Radio in the U.K.

"Greetings from London where we are promoting my new album Botanical Gardens, said McLean. "The reception has been wonderful and I look forward to coming to New York next, where we will perform at City Winery on Friday the 23rd! I think this new album will do very well. Take a listen to "Ain't She a Honey" and "Total Eclipse of The Sun" - I hope it will be something people like."

Don is profiled in a new episode of Heartland TV's More Than The Music airing Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00 PM ET/PT as well as Heartland's Roku channel and online at, with an encore viewing Sunday, March 25 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

On March 21, Don's hometown of New Rochelle, New York will have its own piece of "American Pie" when the world-renowned singer and songwriter will dedicate his existing plaque at the city's Walk of Fame in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. The ceremony is open to the public, beginning at 4 PM, and will be hosted by Jennifer Lanser, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. Later that evening the city will honor McLean with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual Dinner Dance and Awards ceremony at 7 PM.

Don then returns to New York City with appearances scheduled at ABC News Radio, WABC's Bernie & Sid, iHeart/Premiere Radio Networks, Fox News Radio, United Stations, LifeMinute, and more, ending the week with a performance at City Winery Friday, March 23.

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.

Botanical Gardens, 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, Ellie Goulding, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.

Track List:
  • Botanical Gardens
  • The Lucky Guy
  • A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
  • The Waving Man
  • When July Comes
  • You're All I Ever Had
  • Rock and Roll Your Baby
  • I've Cried All The Tears That I Have
  • Ain't She A Honey
  • The King of Fools
  • Grief And Hope
  • You've Got Such Beautiful Eyes
  • Last Night When We Were Young
Tour Dates:
  • 03/23 - New York, NY - City Winery
  • 04/13 - East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
  • 04/14 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
  • 04/29 - Westcliff-On-Sea, UK - Southend Cliffs Pavilion
  • 04/30 - York, UK - York Barbican Centre
  • 05/01 - Halifax, UK - Victoria Theatre
  • 05/02 - Gateshead, UK - Sage Gateshead
  • 05/04 - Brexhill-On-Sea, UK - De La Warr Pavilion
  • 05/06 - Cardiff, UK - Wales Millennium Center
  • 05/07 - Manchester, UK - The Bridgewater Hall
  • 05/09 - London, UK - London Palladium
  • 05/10 - Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall
  • 05/11 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
  • 05/13 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall
  • 05/15 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • 05/16 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall 
  • 05/20 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 05/21 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 05/22 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 05/23 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 05/25 - Co. Mayo, Ireland - Royal Theatre and Event Centre
  • 05/27 - Co. Donegal, Ireland - Aura Arena Letterkenny
  • 05/29 - Wexford, Ireland - Wexford Opera House
  • 05/30 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Lyrath Estate Hotel
  • 06/01 - Limerick City, Ireland - University Concert Hall
  • 06/02 - Limerick City, Ireland - University Concert Hall
  • 06/03 - Sligo, Ireland - Knocknarea Arena
  • 06/05 - Co. Westmeath, Ireland - Mullingar Park Hotel  
  • 06/07 - Belfast, Ireland - Waterfront Hall Auditorium
  • 06/08 - Galway, Ireland - LEISURELAND
  • 06/09 - Galway, Ireland - LEISURELAND
  • 06/11 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 06/12 - Dublin, Ireland - VICAR STREET
  • 06/14 - Cork, Ireland - Live At The Marquee
  • 06/16 - Ra'anana, Israel - Raanana Park Amphitheater
  • 07/21 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 07/27 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
  • 07/28 - Clearwater, FL - Capital Theater - Clearwater
  • 08/11 - Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage
  • 08/19 - Chicago, IL - City Winery - Chicago
  • 08/24 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Strings Music Pavilion
  • 09/08 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
  • 09/22 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
  • 11/17 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall

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