5/18/2005 - Edwin McCain


The seeds for McCain's blend of southern soul and acoustic storytelling were planted some 20 years ago in Greenville, where he born and raised, and where he still resides. Having grown up singing in the church choir, as a teen he fell in love with everything from the poetic songwriting of noted North Carolina tunesmith David Wilcox to the '70s soul of Earth, Wind & Fire. Eventually, he would become the self-described bastard child of everything from Motown, the Gap Band and Roger & Zapp to James Taylor and Jim Croce. He began writing songs as a teen, and after a semester at the University of South Carolina moved to the Carolina coastal city of Charleston where he slowly began building a name for himself while playing the college town's many bars, pubs and restaurants.