We hope everyone still agrees with the old saying, “Better late than never”. Because things around Country’s Chatter are taking their time getting back to normal. This is a great video from the Home Free guys, along with music legend Don McLean. Received this press release a few days ago, and while we are a bit late getting it posted, I really wanted to share it with all of you. Please take a few minutes and watch tis video. It’s really awesome (Like everything else the Home Free family does).
[Press Release] All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free and the legendary Don McLean are bringing their special rendition of “American Pie” to life with the brand-new video for their collaboration on the time-tested anthem – out now.
First premiering exclusively on The Tennessean earlier today, the clip visually enhances the making of this all-vocal rendition of “American Pie” – spotlighting each Home Free member and their individual parts as they come together with McLean to sing the story of the rise and fall of Rock & Roll in the 1960s.
With today’s video release, the collaborators are also observing the 62nd anniversary of “The Day the Music Died” – affectionately coined after the lyric in McLean’s signature anthem – in remembrance of Rock & Roll legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper.
“Any song which has a legitimate melody lends itself to an a cappella rendition,” McLean explained to The Tennessean. “The guys in Home Free just did their thing and did a tremendous job at it, too.”
“It starts in a way that’s just very introspective, very true to the words and to the moment ‘The Day the Music Died,’ and just how powerful that can be,” Home Free’s tenor Austin Brown continues. “But also, the hope that can come from the movement associated with an event like that… It really changed so much musically. While it was ‘The Day the Music Died,’ in a lot of ways, it was also the day that music was reborn.”
Fans can check out Home Free and Don McLean’s rendition of “American Pie” tonight on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, as it is set to be featured on The Steve Earle Show.
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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 by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. 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, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts 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. In 2020, Don signed a recording contract with Time Life to release his catalog of recordings as well as the highly anticipated new album Still Playin’ Favorites, released October 23rd. “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow, the Tom Hanks movie BIOS and much more to be announced. And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean! 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of “American Pie,” with a world tour to follow.