Singer-songwriter Don McLean came to Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall on September 7, 2013 to benefit AETN, Arkansas’ statewide public television network. McLean played for two hours without an opener backed by a keyboard player, drummer, guitarist and bass player.
McLean took the crowd through a mix of folk, rock, country, blues and gospel over the course of the night. Early in the set, he did a cover of the Buddy Holly classic “Everyday,” on this night which would have been Buddy Holly’s 77th birthday.
Don is no stranger to public television. Just last year, he released a PBS documentary called “Don McLean: American Troubadour,” which he played several songs from during the night. He said that he never works with a setlist, so his shows are never the same.
McLean won the crowd over with some of his lesser known songs like “Superman’s Ghost” and “Circus Song,” but highlights of the evening were his hits “And I Love You So,” “Castles in the Air” and, of course, the mega-hit “American Pie,” which had the crowd singing and dancing.
After the show, McLean came out by himself for an encore, and did his other huge hit “Vincent.” Then the band came out one last time for a rousing version of Marty Robbins “The Story of My Life.”