The Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio is comprised of: Edwin McCain (vocals, guitar) and long time band members Larry Chaney (lead guitar) and Craig Shields (keys, sax).
Greenville, South Carolina’s Edwin McCain came to Greensburg to play his blend of folk, rock and soul for a small, but enthusiastic crowd. In the intimate theater setting, for 90-minutes Mr. McCain told stories and even played some requests. After years with long hair, the 38-year old has cut his hair, donating the locks to charity.
Edwin shined vocally when he held the long notes, which the audience graciously acknowledged each time with applause. With 10 albums to his credit, Edwin ironically could not remember all the lyrics to “Write Me A Song”. Edwin is a wonderful story teller, often adding humor to the history behind a lyric.
It was a relatively laid-back and mellow show, for this artist who made his independent recording debut back in 1991. Edwin of course sang a few of his more memorable hits like “I Could Not Ask For More” and “I’ll Be”. Highlights also included “Gramercy Park Hotel”, “Ghosts of Jackson Square”, “White Crosses”, “Let It Slide” and a very touching song he wrote about being adopted and never having the chance to meet his birth mother “Letter to My Mother”.
For the encore, Edwin did the tune “Let Them In” (Prayer to St. Peter) which was a WW II era poem that John Gorka set to music.
Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Christopher Laughrey opened the show with a 40 minute set of original and Irish tunes.
P.S. Apparently Edwin had a good time in Greensburg - his comments can be found under the On The Bus section of his website (http://www.edwin.com/onthebus.html)Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host