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Don McLean teams with Home Free for new ‘American Pie’ recording

Classic song celebrates 50th years in 2021

This year marks the 50th anniversary release of the iconic song, “American Pie,” released by Don McLean in 1971. In celebration of this legendary song, McLean has teamed with all-vocal country entertainers Home Free for a special collaboration which will be released on Friday, January 29th. This is also the first time McLane has recorded the song since the original recording. Upon its release, it will be serviced to AAA, Classic Hits, Classic Rock, Country and Hot AC radio stations.

An official music video will be released on Wednesday, February 3rd, “the day the music died” — the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson died tragically in an Iowa plane crash — 62 years ago.

McLean was set to kick off the American Pie 50th Anniversary World Tour with a special show on February 3rd at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa — the same venue in which Holly, Valens and Richardson last played that fateful night — but has been postponed due to the pandemic. A new date has not been announced as of press time.

The singer-songwriter has also announced plans for The Day The Music Died: The Story Behind Don McLean’s American Pie, a feature length documentary set for release at the end of 2021, among other projects.

Home Free has amassed nearly 600k album equivalents globally, more than 318 million YouTube views and has embarked on major global tours following their victory on NBC’s The Sing-Off. Their self-released fifth studio album, Dive Bar Saints debuted to critical acclaim at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart. With praise rolling in from the likes of Perez Hilton, Country Living, FOX & Friends, Rolling Stone, and AXS.com, the extraordinary showmen have continued to electrify crowds with a one-of-a-kind live show while their harmony-laden versions of hits by John Mayer, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more have built a loyal fanbase.