NEWBERRY — Even though Greenville is Edwin McCain’s home, Newberry has hosted many shows for the singer-songwriter who is making a return trip to the Newberry Opera House on Nov. 7.
“I’ve been playing there (Opera House) forever,” said McCain. “At least 10 times. It’s a fantastic place to play a gig.”
McCain, who released his first major album in 1995, describes his current tour — which began in July in Nashville, Tenn. — as “a mix of all my music.”
“I draw from 10 albums worth of songs,” said McCain.
His new concert album is called Live Versions which contains popular hits “I’ll Be,” “I Could Not Ask for More,” and some favorites from his fans including “3 AM.”
McCain said his concert in Newberry will be “pretty conversational. I’ll talk about the time I wrote and I’m always storytelling.”
Fans who come to the show will hear about the stories behind his songs.
When he’s played in Newberry before, McCain said “everyone’s happy and having a good time.” The loyalty of his fans — including those who attend his shows in Newberry — means a lot to him.
He’s had the same band and crew throughout his music career, describing it as a “family business.” His bandmates are people he has met along the way.
“It’s not just about music,” said McCain. “I met the drummer (because) I knew his sister and he knew a drummer and he knew a guitar player and so on.”
The singer-songwriter known for his rock love songs makes it a point to perform each year around the country.
“I just give thanks to everyone who keeps coming out,” said McCain.
While he’s certainly found success, McCain continues to tour and makes a point to come to the more intimate settings where he can vibe with his fans.
McCain explained his humble beginnings.
“I just started playing gigs in Charleston and worked my way up the food chain and played with a couple of bands, Hootie & the Blowfish and Dave Matthews Band. (Eventually) I was just writing in the right spot when I got signed by Atlantic Records in 1994,” said McCain. “I’m just thankful for all these years and I look forward to seeing everyone again.”
He’s thankful Newberry is relatively close to his home in Greenville as he said he can head home and take on his first job: being a dad to his kids and taking them to school in the morning.
He really can’t ask for anything more.
For tickets, contact the Newberry Opera House box office at 803-276-6264, come by 1201 McKibben St. or visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.