Feb 13, 2015
McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in 1969 in Berkeley,
California, during the student riots. After being rejected 72 times
by labels, the album was released by Mediarts. It attracted good
reviews but little notice outside the folk community.
McLean's major break came when Mediarts was taken over by United
Artists Records thus securing for his second album, American Pie.
American Pie's success made McLean an international star and
piqued interest in his first album, which charted more than two
years after its initial release. We are thrilled to have have
him on our stage!
Tent Show Radio is a weekly
one-hour music series showcasing live performances from Lake
Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin.
Airing continuously since 1994, Tent
Show Radio is hosted by farmer, humorist, New York Times
best-selling author, volunteer firefighter, Michael Perry and
features regional and national acts with regular contributions by
the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra.
Michael Perry is a humorist and
author of the bestselling memoir Population 485: Meeting Your
Neighbors One Siren at a Time, and the essay collection Off Main
Street. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine,
Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing
editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All
Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live
audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind
a Sneezing Cow). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains
active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder.
He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com
In 2014, Lake Superior Big Top
Chautauqua will celebrate its 29th season under canvas on the south
shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Big Top
Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization. For more
information visit www.bigtop.org or