Don McLean lending memorabilia to Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit

Courtesy of 2911 MediaSome interesting pieces of memorabilia from Don McLean‘s storied career will go on display next Friday, January 12, at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The “American Pie” singer/songwriter’s items will be added for a limited time to the museum’s permanent “Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music” exhibit.

Among the artifacts McLean’s loaning to the attraction is part of the never-before-seen complete manuscript of Don’s classic 1970 song “Vincent,” the hit ballad he wrote in tribute to painter Vincent Van Gogh. A 1997 Martin acoustic guitar McLean has toured with since 1999 and was seen playing on his PBS documentary special Starry, Starry Night also will be on display.

“As a strange musical hybrid of some kind, I was always welcome in Nashville without reservation,” McLean notes in a statement. “I would like to add whatever I can to the storied past of country music as a musical representative of Americana.”

McLean has about a dozen confirmed U.S. shows scheduled for 2018, spanning from a January 27 concert in Atlanta through a September 8 gig in Westbury, New York. He’ll also mount a lengthy tour of the U.K. and Ireland that runs from late April to mid-June.

Here are Don’s confirmed stateside performances, according to

1/27 — Atlanta, GA, City Winery
2/3 — Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand
2/15 — Viera, FL, Space Coast Daily Park
2/16 — Viera, FL, Space Coast Daily Park
3/2 — Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theatre
3/3 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
3/10 — Redding, CA, The Cascade Theatre
3/23 — New York, NY, City Winery
4/13 — East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum
4/14 — Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
7/27 — Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
9/8 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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