Documentary Offers Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look at One of America’s Greatest Singer-Songwriters, Includes Exclusive Interviews With McLean, Brian Wilson, REM’s Mike Mills, And Incredible Archival Footage Including Performances of McLean’s Songs by Elvis Presley and Fred Astaire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 50 years after his iconic “American Pie” reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR, produced and directed by four-time Emmy® award-winning Jim Brown whose work includes: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, The Weavers: Wasn’t That A Time, and A Vision Shared: Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, will air Memorial Day on RFD-TV at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT with a repeat at midnight ET/ 11 pm CT.

“I let Jim Brown into my life because I respect him and trust him,” explains McLean. “We’ve known each other for forty years and he allowed my ideas to be fully realized while telling my story accurately and poetically.”

McLean granted unprecedented access and interviews for the film, revealing his personal account of a career spanning over four decades and performing songs that have become integral parts of American pop culture. DON McLEAN: AMERICAN TROUBADOUR also features live performances including “American Pie,” “Vincent,” “Crying” and “And I Love You So” along with extensive commentary by historian and Rolling Stone journalist Douglas Brinkley, interviews with other artists such as Brian Wilson and REM’s Mike Mills, and so much more!

“Don Mclean is a true artist and rugged individualist,” says Brown. “He has deep American values that have defined an amazing and admirable life. I think some of his best work is yet to be discovered, and that people will be listening to, singing, and recording his songs for decades to come.”

McLean is currently on tour supporting the 50th anniversary of American Pie:

Thu, JUN 2 The Egg Albany, NY
Fri, JUN 3 Boch Center – Shubert Theatre Boston, MA
Sat, JUN 4 The Town Hall New York, NY
Fri, JUN 10 Ruby Amphitheater Morgantown, WV
Sat, JUN 11 The Lyric Theatre Baltimore, MD
Sun, JUN 12 Capital One Hall Tysons, VA
Fri, JUN 17 DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids, MI
Sat, JUN 18 The Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Sun, JUN 19 Big Top Chautauqua – Concert Venue Bayfield, WI
Fri, JUN 24 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts San Antonio, TX
Sat, JUN 25 Cullen Performance Hall Houston, TX
Sun, JUN 26 Paramount Theatre Austin, TX
Fri, JUL 1 The Canyon @ The Saban Theatre Beverly Hills, CA
Sat, JUL 2 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Thu, JUL 7 Paramount Theater Denver, CO
Fri, JUL 8 Avalon Theatre Grand Junction, CO
Sat, JUL 9 Orpheum Theatre Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
Fri, JUL 15 Hoyt Sherman Place Des Moines, IA
Fri, JUL 22 Victory Theatre Evansville, IN
Sat, JUL 23 UIS Performing Arts Center Springfield, IL
Fri, JUL 29 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Sat, JUL 30 Point of the Bluff Vineyards Hammondsport, NY
Sat, AUG 20 Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center Vineyard Haven, MA
Fri, SEP 2 Goodyear Theater Akron, OH
Sat, SEP 3 Blue Gate Music Hall Shipshewana, IN
Sun, SEP 11 St David’s Dewi Sant Cardiff, United Kingdom
Tue, SEP 13 Ipswich Regent Theatre Ipswich, United Kingdom
Wed, SEP 14 Symphony Hall Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fri, SEP 16 The Forum Bath, United Kingdom
Sat, SEP 17 Princess Theatre Torquay, United Kingdom
Sun, SEP 18 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Tue, SEP 20 Brighton Dome Concert Hall Brighton, United Kingdom
Wed, SEP 21 Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
Fri, SEP 23 Bridewater Hall Manchester, United Kingdom
Sat, SEP 24 Sage Gateshead Gateshead, United Kingdom
Sun, SEP 25 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tue, SEP 27 Usher Hall Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wed, SEP 28 York Barbican York, United Kingdom
Fri, SEP 30 De Montfort Hall Leicester, United Kingdom
Sat, OCT 1 City Hall Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sun, OCT 2 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tue, OCT 4 London Palladium London, United Kingdom
Fri, OCT 7 3Arena Dublin, Ireland
Sun, OCT 9 Concertgebouw de Vereeniging Nijmegen, Netherlands
Mon, OCT 10 Koninklijk Theater Carré Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fri, OCT 14 Grieghallen Bergen, Norway
Sat, OCT 15 Stavanger Kuppelhallen Stavanger, Norway
Sun, OCT 16 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
Tue, OCT 18 Lorensbergsteatern Göteborg, Sweden
Thu, OCT 20 Logomo Oy Turku, Finland
Fri, OCT 21 Helsinki Hall Of Culture Helsinki, Finland
Sun, OCT 23 Göta Lejon Stockholm, Sweden
Mon, OCT 24 Palladium Malmö, Sweden
Tue, OCT 25 Portalen Greve, Denmark
Thu, OCT 27 Fabrik Hamburg, Germany
Fri, OCT 28 Veranstaltungszentrum Kulturkirche Neuruppin, Germany
Sat, OCT 29 Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany
Mon, OCT 31 Metropol Theater Bremen Bremen, Germany
Tue, NOV 1 deSingel Antwerpen, Belgium
Thu, NOV 3 Musikteatret Holstebro Holstebro, Denmark
Sat, NOV 5 Bayer Erholungshaus Leverkusen, Germany
Wed, NOV 9 Steintor Variete Halle, Germany
Sat, NOV 12 Prinzregententheater Munich, Germany
Sun, NOV 13 Posthof Zeitkultur Am Hafen Linz, Austria

About Don McLean:
Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named a top 5 song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). 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 “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and countless others. In 2015, McLean’s handwritten manuscript of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Don landed a new recording contract with Time Life in 2020, with whom he released a catalog of recordings as well as a new album Still Playin’ Favorites. 2021 brought Don’s “American Pie” features in the Avengers’ Black Widow and the new Tom Hanks movie Finch. Don received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “American Pie,” recorded a version of the song with a cappella group Home Free, a children’s book has been written, and much more! And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean!