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photo courtesy of Calvert Marine Museum
“It’s not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that,” said Edwin McCain. “It just has to do with people coming together.”

Edwin McCain Sings Calvert Marine Museum
Previewed by Margaret Tearman

Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain stacks his past hits alongside tunes from his newest CD Scream and Whisper in two performances at the Calvert Marine Museum February 25.

McCain lived life at the top of the music heap in the late 1990s, racking up platinum and gold albums with hit singles like “I’ll Be” and “Could Not Ask For More.” The South Carolina native seemed charmed. Playing in the club scene in Charleston, he was befriended with Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish). With Rucker’s support, McCain was signed to Lava/Atlantic in 1995. His debut single Solitude featured Rucker’s vocals, and gave the band’s first album Honor Among Thieves a kick right out of the starting gate.

But somewhere along the hit-making track, McCain, disillusioned with the realities of big-time music, began seeking solace in alcohol. He and Atlantic parted company in 2001. The split was a setback, but didn’t end McCain’s success. After some soul-searching, he sobered up.

Scream and Whisper is the result of reawakening the youthful church choirboy. Rough times and all, McCain says he wouldn’t change a thing. “Honestly, I’m so glad that all that stuff happened because I wouldn’t have the attitude that I have now,” he said. “I don’t think I would understand how much I love this, and how much I love playing. It’s not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that. It just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment.”

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to McCain’s sold-out concerts, you’ll share such a moment. No ticket? Try for stand-by seating in the 200-person auditorium where Calvert Marine Museum holds its cool-weather concerts. Ticket info? See page 20.

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