Don McLean makes Grand Ole Opry debut
Photo by Chris Hollo for Grand Ole Opry 

McLean’s new album, ‘American Boys,’ will be released on May 17th and is available for pre-order now!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Grand Ole Opry® welcomed Grammy award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don McLean as well as veteran Major League Baseball, three-time All-Star, and emerging country singer Adam Wainright for their Opry debuts on Saturday night. McLean performed his latest single, “American Boys,” followed by a rousing cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” then closing his set with his classic “American Pie.” Wainwright’s debut featured his debut single “Hey Y’all.”

“I never felt more at home than I did tonight,” McLean said. “The audience came to hear music. Music is what the Opry is all about.”

“I’ve played on some great stages in the MLB, but I think this might be the coolest by far,” Wainwright said backstage. “What a blessing for me, my family, and my hometown.”

Saturday’s appearances continue a streak of frequent debuts for the Opry. The show hosted 131 artists’ debuts in 2023, breaking a record for the most debuts at the Opry in a single year set just the year before. Among several artists set for debuts in upcoming weeks are Willi Carlisle, Dax, Tyler Halverson, Cris Jacobs, Jenny Lewis, The Price Sisters, Shane Smith and The Saints, Josh Sundquist, and more.

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1) Don McLean performs on The Grand Ole Opry®

2) Adam Wainwright, Don McLean, Opry’s Dan Rogers, and Opry member Connie Smith

3) Adam Wainright, Don McLean

Photos credit: © Grand Ole Opry, photos by Chris Hollo

Don McLean is excited to announce his next studio album, American Boys, which will be released on May 17th by BFD/Audium Nashville and distributed exclusively through The Orchard. The album is available for preorder today, along with the title track, which features Home Free. Paying tribute to his rock and roll heroes, McLean’s new single honors those who paved the way. With thirteen tracks, American Boys is exactly what every Don McLean fan has been waiting for!

“This is an album of all new songs,” shares McLean. “The title track, “American Boys,” which features the guys from Home Free, is a fun song about the boys who invented rock and roll. America invented this music. Only America invented this music.”

To purchase/stream “American Boys” (Feat. Home Free), visit orcd.co/DonMcLeanAmericanBoysSingle
To pre-order or pre-save the American Boys album, visit orcd.co/DonMcLeanAmericanBoys

‘American Boys’ Track Listing:
American Boys (Feat. Home Free)*
Thunderstorm Girl*
Stone Cold Gangster
Truth And Fame*
The Gypsy Road*
I Shall Find My Way*
Mexicali Gal
Vacant Luxury
The Ballad Of George Floyd
The Meanest Girl
Marley’s Song (Save Yourself)
Resurrection Man*
Gotta Make You Mine (Bonus Track)

Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Don McLean
Electric and Acoustic Guitar: Michael Severs
Piano and Hammond B3: Dennis Wage
Piano and String Arrangements: Tony Migliore
Drums: Jerry Kroon
Bass: Alison Prestwood
Electric and Slide Guitar: Vip Vipperman
Electric Guitar: Kerry Marx
Background Vocals: Don McLean and Home Free

Written by Don McLean (Don McLean Music UMPG/BMI)
*Written by Don McLean and Vip Vipperman (Don McLean Music UMPG/BMI, Big Vip Songs /UMPG ASCAP)

As part of a new distribution deal with BFD/Audium Nashville, sixteen of Don McLean’s albums, which have been newly remastered, will be re-released, including ‘Prime Time,’ ‘Chain Lightning,’ ‘Believers,’ ‘Greatest Hits Live!,’ ‘Don McLean Sings Marty Robbins,’ ‘The Western Album,’ and more.

Upcoming Tour Dates include:
MAR 14-21 – 70’s Rock and Romance Cruise / Miami, Fla.
APR 06 – Rivers Casino Des Plaines / Des Plaines, Ill.
APR 27 – Riviera Theatre / North Tonawanda, N.Y.
MAY 04 – Pollak Theatre / West Long Branch, N.J.
MAY 11 – Bilheimer Capitol Theatre / Clearwater, Fla.
MAY 18 – T. Furth Center for the Performing Arts / Angola, Ind.
JUN 09 – Tower Theatre / Bend, Ore.
JUN 14 – Boot Barn Hall of Bourbon Brothers / Colorado Springs, Colo.
JUN 29 – Vienna Freedom Festival / Vienna, WVa.
JUL 13 – American Bank Center Selena Auditorium / Corpus Christi, Texas
JUL 20 – Boot Barn Hall / Gainesville, Ga.
JUL 28 – Belly Up / Solana Beach, Calif.
AUG 09 – The Canyon / Montclair, Calif.
AUG 10 – Libbey Bowl / Ojai, Calif.
SEP 04 – Wachholz College Center / Kalispell, MT
NOV 01 – Grand Theater / Wausau, Wisc.
NOV 09 – Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino / New Buffalo, Mich.
NOV 30 – The Parker / Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DEC 06 – Tarrytown Music Hall / Tarrytown, N.Y.
DEC 07 – Landsdowne Theater / Lansdowne, Pa.
DEC 13 – The Birchmere / Alexandria, Va.
DEC 20 – Hawaii Theatre / Honolulu, Hawaii

Don McLean continues to tour, bringing his music to venues worldwide! McLean recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic songs in history, “American Pie,” proving that “Bye-bye, Miss American Pie” will forever remain a classic staple in music.

Over the years, music icons like Madonna and Garth Brooks have repeatedly covered the song. Rapper Drake often sampled McLean’s tunes, and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur cited him as an essential influence.

The legendary and still active singer/songwriter has had a significant career, selling over 50 million albums worldwide. Among other things, Don McLean has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2021), was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame (2022), received a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame (2019) and the Nashville Walk of Fame (2023), and was recently the focus of a Paramount+ documentary The Day The Music Died. There’s no slowing down for this troubadour!

About Don McLean:
Don McLean is a GRAMMY Award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 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 1960s, 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 “American Pie” lyrics was auctioned by Christie’s, 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 and a new album Still Playin’ Favorites. In 2021, Don’s “American Pie” was featured in the Avengers’ Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie Finch. McLean received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “American Pie,” and recorded a version of the song with a cappella group Home Free. In 2022, McLean received six Telly Awards for his collaboration with international heavyweight Tyson Fury, released American Pie: A Fable children’s book, and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2023, the Telly award-winning documentary The Day The Music Died was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. In 2023, President Yoon of South Korea sang “American Pie” for a delighted audience of White House guests in Washington D.C. McLean was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame during a public ceremony along with Darius Rucker, Joe Galante, and Duane Eddy in Nashville, Tennessee. His latest album, ‘American Boys,’ will be available May 17, 2024.

For more information, visit donmclean.com.