Back in the day, there was The Dave Matthews Band, Vertical Horizon, Thanks to Gravity, Guster, Gibb Droll, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jewel and a host of other independent singer songwriters and jam band groups. One of the best from that era, and one of the lesser known, is Edwin McCain. I listened to these bands and watched as their careers came and went. I lost track of Edwin and when I saw that he was going to perform in nearby Wilmington I had to go and see how he was doing.
I can safely say Edwin McCain has still got it. He’s a little older now and his music reflects his maturity as a writer, singer and musician. His performance at World Cafe Live at The Queen was outstanding. The personnel was sparse, just Edwin on acoustic guitar, a rhythm guitar and a horn player. The fullness and richness of his composition and his lyrics came through. His rapport with the audience was remarkable and I was impressed with how well he related. I get so tired of performers, especially singer songwriters, who just stand and sing acting like the audience doesn’t exist. Not so with Edwin. He connected and it made the show that much more enjoyable. His signature song, “I’ll Be”, came across as solid, genuine and fresh.
McCain talks & performs “I’ll Be” (Previously Recorded)