Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain (born January 20, 1970 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a singer-songwriter. While his albums are released under his name, he does have a permanent band, referred to as the Edwin McCain Band.
Members of the band include:
· Larry Chaney - lead guitar;
· Pete Riley - rhythm guitar and background vocals;
· Craig Shields - saxophone and keyboards;
· Manny Yanes - bass guitar;
· Peter Alexander - drums.

Long time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, the Edwin McCain band signed with same label, Atlantic Records. In 1994, he recorded his first major-label album, Honor Among Thieves under the Lava Records imprint (Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock and Jewel). The record was then released in 1995. His second album, Misguided Roses, spawned I'll Be, a major hit single in 1998. This song is also featured on the charitable album, Live in the X Lounge, along with a live version of "Solitude". It was also featured and included in the soundtrack of the 2004 teen flick, A Cinderella Story. Two more albums (Messenger and Far from Over) followed, but at the end of 2001, he split from Lava. In 2003 he released a collection of acoustic versions of songs both old and new called The Austin Sessions via ATC Records, a Nashville-based independent record label (at which McCain was the first artist signed following its creation in 2001). Mid-2004 saw the arrival of his first studio album in three years, entitled Scream & Whisper, which was released on another indie label, DRT Entertainment.

He has released two DVDs to date. The first was through ATC records in late 2002, called Mile Marker: Songs and Stories from the Acoustic Highway, and it consisted of interviews, live performances, and other material. The other was in late 2004, Tinsel & Tap Shoes. It was his first live concert DVD, recorded at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Co-written & performed with singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, McCain released a single, Hold Out a Hand. This song, available for a 99 cent download on iTunes.com, gives all profits to the relief of the hurricane victims of 2005.

Edwin McCain Band's newest CD, titled, Lost in America, was released on April 11, 2006, under the Vanguard Records label. This was album #9 and is said to be a true "rock 'n roll" collection. There are 2 single releases from this CD: #1 - "Gramercy Park Hotel." #2 - "Truly Believe."

The band is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, promoting the Lost in America album.

McCain, known throughout his musical career for his long hair, recently shaved his head. At one public appearance after cutting his hair, on December 30, 2006, at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he jokingly stated, "Never bet on the Clemson/Carolina game." It was soon discovered afterwards, that he donated his hair to Locks of Love.

source: wikipedia

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