EDWIN MCCAIN

EDWIN MCCAIN

Taking the stage for what’s easily the 100th time in almost as many days, Edwin McCain casually joins his band as they start off another set that’s impossibly tight and laid back at the same time. By the time his vocals kick in, it’s clear that this is no ordinary troubadour on the club circuit. This is Edwin McCain, the voice that is romance incarnate, has launched a thousand marriages and stirred up Southern soul for over 20 years.

For the guy who always dreamed of a life on the road, Edwin’s massive pop hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” were like pulling into glamorous, exciting towns along his never-ending tour. They were life changing and sent him off with incredible memories and nifty souvenirs but were always just a part of the journey, not the destination. “I’ve been lucky enough to experience a pretty broad range of stardom, and the lack thereof, throughout my journey as a musician,” he once said with a chuckle. “I’ve been on television shows and won awards, but I’ve also lived in the back of a truck, and I’ve even worked the Drive-Thru at Krispy Kreme singing wedding songs.”

Surprising to him more than anyone else, those very songs have endured beyond all wildest expectations, turning into wedding anthems and misty-eyed soundtracks to countless wedding proposals. Over a million Dr. Phil viewers voted “I’ll Be” as the best wedding song ever written, the New York Times dubbed him the “great American romantic,” and at any given moment on this very day a radio station in America is playing one of his songs. “They’re kind of emotional road maps,” Edwin explains, “and each one, especially if you’re connected to it in some real way, can change and grow and lead you in new directions of thought.” “But the highlight of what I do is playing for and connecting with the people that come out to see me live. The fans - and I hate to call them fans - the friends of music that survive the advertising campaign long enough to understand what music is truly about, and have incorporated my music into their lives to the point where it is are part of their memories and emotions - those are the ones I do it all for."

This philosophy, this innate ability to write songs that somehow every listener claims as their own, is not just reserved for the love songs but also in the soul-drenched party songs that fans fill the clubs to hear.

On first glance, Eric Himan is a punk. With his sleeves of tattoos and dark features it isn't hard to believe. Then he pulls out the guitar, and begins to play. From the first word he sings, you will never judge a book by its cover again. The soulfulness that comes from his voice mixed with the percussive yet melodic sounds of his acoustic guitar will put you right at ease in front of this rocker in folk clothing. Philadelphia's Metro Newspaper went as far to nickname him, "the bad boy of folk". With 4 independently produced and released cds on his namesake label, Thumbcrown Records, he brings along the road with him his 5th and newest release, "Everywhere All At Once". His most mature cd to date, Eric tackles topics from loss "(A New Life"), love ("Tulsa") and relationships ("Worry About Nothing"), to self-preservation ("Heart Clean") and self-reliance in the face of record labels and nay-sayers ("Thanks"). Watching Eric bring to life the songs on this disc with him and his guitar, will make the biggest skeptic of the singer-songwriter genre believe in the power of acoustic music with a blues-rock sensibility, and that sound belongs to Eric Himan

$20.00 - $25.00

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* General Admission * Standing Room Only- If Seating Is Available, It Will Be On A Strictly First Come/First Serve Basis * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian *

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EDWIN MCCAIN with Eric Himan

Friday, October 25 · Doors 8:00 PM at Vinyl Music Hall