Edwin McCain

Over the course of two decades, McCain has morphed into a road warrior, gigging throughout North America most of each year, flanked by his longtime friends and band-mates Craig Shields on saxophone and keyboards, Larry Chaney one lead guitar, as well drummer Markeya "Tez" Sherard and bassist Jason Pomar.

Mercy Bound marks two decades since McCain first entered a studio. Raised in Greenville, S.C. on a musical diet of everything from Earth, Wind & Fire to David Wilcox, he recorded his first independent demo in 1991, issuing his debut, Solitude, two years later. That album led to his 1995 major-label debut, Honor Among Thieves, which introduced America to the then-budding Southeastern bar favorite. Songs like "Solitude" and "3 a.m." remain fan faves and live staples. Two years later, he broke into the mainstream with the sweeping ballad "I'll Be," from the album Misguided Roses.

Largely captured in no more than two takes, the songs on Mercy Bound were recorded at the Lair Studio and fellow singer-songwriter and collaborative partner Maia Sharp's home studio in Los Angeles, with some additional tracking done in Greenville, where McCain lives with his family. Mercy Bound also features a co-write with Angie Aparo ("Better Story to Tell"). The title track was written by Mark Addison and the guitar-and-vocals-only closer, "Lucky One," was written by Anders Osborne. It features the guitar talents of McCain's old friend, Warren Haynes (Allman Bros., Gov't Mule), and such lyrics as, "I can't explain why I'm here today/I'm just thankful that I am… Every day I wake up to see the sun/I thank God that you still think I'm the one."

"That song has been kind of lost, says McCain, "and I want to get it back out there so people can hear it. It kind of sums up where I am right now: full of gratitude. The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 41-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this."

The Badlees

The Badlees will once again share the stage with Edwin McCain on January 8 at the Ardmore Music Hall. During the 1990's The Badles and Edwin toured together when The Badlees were promoting their River Songs major label release. Currently, The Badlees are promoting their first double album, "Epiphones and Empty Rooms."

Mallary Hope

Mallary Hope was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia, where she cultivated a love of country music at an early age. After playing more than 200 shows a year, Mallary moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. At 16 years old, Mallary launched herself on Music Row by knocking on doors, meeting with publishers and writing constantly. After three years of growing and learning in the music industry, Mallary signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV and has since had cuts by Faith Hill, Lauren Alaina, Danny Gokey, Jana Kramer, Katie Armiger and many others. Last summer, Sarah Evans invited Mallary to write with her, fulfilling Mallary's dream of writing with one of her largest influences in country music.

Mallary has been developing herself as an artist in Nashville for the past ten years; a decade that has consisted of time on the road, in the studio and writing for her own album. Mallary says her path has not been the easiest, but the word "no" has never stopped her. "My songs and my voice are all I know. I just write what I feel and don't try to be anyone I'm not. I had to learn who I was the hard way, but I believe that struggles are here to teach us about ourselves," says Hope.

Mallary's live performances and powerhouse vocals have gained the recognition and praise from seasoned artists in the Nashville community since touring with Darius Rucker. "Opening for Darius in Times Square was one of the coolest experiences in my life," she says. Mallary also does a duet with Darius on his new album "True Believers" that was released May 21st. At the age of twenty-two, Mallary's performance at the Grand Old Opry was by far her greatest achievement in her young career. Since then she has performed at the Opry more than 15 times. Mallary has opened up for acts such as Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Adkins, Clint Black, Gary Allen, Josh turner, George Jones, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Jake Owen and Charlie Daniels, to name a few.

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Edwin McCain with The Badlees, Mallary Hope

Wednesday, January 8 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Ardmore Music Hall