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Friday Afternoon with Edwin McCain

Posted: Aug 15, 2008

August 15, 2008

The Bohemian Cafe in Greenville, SC is just a couple of miles from my house. It is in the same building with Horizon Records, and they are always having good music in there. Sometimes the shows are taped for later airing on WNCW public radio’s “Tower of Song” series. Today was one of those days.

I had just returned from seeing Star Wars: The Clone Wars at the Camelot Theatre, and when I turned onto North Main, I remembered that Edwin McCain was playing a free show at The Bohemian beginning at 3 p.m. I whipped it in, parked, and made my way to the front of the stage.

Now, Edwin has had major success world wide over the years as a singer and songwriter, but around here, he is like family. After all, he grew up here in town, and most of us remember when he first broke out of the local scene with the help of fellow Carolinians Hootie and the Blowfish during the nineties.

Edwin is a good guy. He has played countless benefit shows, and seems to never say no to people who need his help. It seems that Edwin is finally in a position to take control of his own music without the record company suits steering, and his new album, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, is all Edwin, singing and playing his first love, r&b music.

Edwin took the stage at The Bohemian Cafe flanked by Larry Chaney on lead guitar and Craig Shields on sax. The Cafe was packed, with even more fans standing inside Horizon Records, watching through the windows and the doorway.

Edwin kicked off the show with a brilliant reading of the classic Otis Redding tune “Dreams to Remember,” which he recorded on the new album. The audience sat speechless, hanging on every word and vocal nuance.

McCain kept the crowd interested with his jokes and stories and brilliant songs, including “Don’t End Up Like Me,” “Shooting Stars,” “One Thing Left to Do,” “White Crosses” (a great and powerful song) and many more.

He made sure to deliver his biggest hits as well, “I Could Not Ask For More,” and “I’ll Be.” Edwin sounded better than ever, and by the time he was done, his home town audience was on their feet applauding. They really could not have asked for more. (Pun intended)

It was quite fun, and an unexpected musical diversion. A great way to spend a Friday afternoon. Thanks Edwin.

Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.


All Photos by Michael Buffalo Smith


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countryrocker1967 says...

Great photos of Edwin. He is a real talent for sure. Seen him many times at Warren's XMas Jams.

thunderfoot says...

I love the new Edwin CD. I had never purchased one of his before your review. Are his old albums good too?

stellaguitar says...

Great photos Michael. I am a long time fan or Edwin. He is just amazing live. Thanks for the review. Wish I could have been there.

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