Barbican Centre, York, 30th April 2018
Following the release of his new album ‘Botanical Gardens’ on the 24th March 2018, prolific American songwriter and performer Don McLean has announced a 14-date UK tour with support from Nashville star, Jarrod Dickenson.
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. Botanical Gardens’, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date, as he puts 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.”
In nearly 50 years on the scene, Don’s songs have become a staple in Americana music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran and his biggest hit ‘American Pie’ was recognised with high honours by being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.
Re-joining Don on tour by request of the legend himself is Jarrod Dickenson. The Nashville based, Texas born musician who has already supported legendary artists, Bonnie Raitt, The Waterboys, Jools Holland, The Stylistics and The White Buffalo.
Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them. Hailing from Waco, Jarrod spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to a wide variety of music loving audiences around the globe.
When asked about going on tour with Don, Jarrod said “I was humbled and honoured to be invited to open for the legendary Don McLean once again. His contribution to popular music and the craft of song writing can’t be overstated, and to be able to watch a master at work every night for 32 nights, is an opportunity like no other. I’m excited to sing my songs to these music-loving audiences in some of the most stunning rooms across the UK and Ireland and will be trying to learn as much as I can from Don and his incredible band in the process. It’s going to be a fun ride.”
Catch Don and Jarrod on tour this year at the following locations in the north:
APR 30 >> Find tickets for York Barbican Centre
MAY 02 >> Find tickets for Sage, Gateshead