July 3, 2008

In My CD Player

By Ed Bumgardner, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.

Jul. 3--Edwin McCain is a musician who loves making music. It's what he does and who he is, which explains how he has maintained his balance in a career that has seen more ups and downs than an express elevator stuck in perpetual motion.

He has been a star -- a couple of times. He has been a host of a music show. He has survived the "Say, didn't you used to be ...." category. He's been signed by and kicked off major labels. It's all the same to him.

He just continues to write earthy, soulful, honest songs, acoustic with trimmings, and people keep coming. To McCain, that's what it's all about.

His new album, Nobody's Fault But Mine visits the music that influenced him -- with help from Ivan Neville, Steve Cropper and Joan Osborne. The result is vivacious, booty-shaking skid through the soul archives.

As McCain sets about touring to promote this album, he took time to share with relish five CDs that he loves.

Megan Coffee, Songs To Sail By: "I love her powerful vocals and lush piano playing. She sounds like flying feels."

Seal, Seal: "It's a constant in my player because of the message. He reminds me daily to stay in the moment and ... teach my kids compassion."

Will Hoge, Blackbird On A Lonely Wire: "John Mayer should be wishing he was as good as Will. 'Nuff said."

Nil Lara, Nil Lara: "Money makes the monkey dance. This is an album rich in Cuban history and passion. One of my favorites."

AC/DC, Back in Black: "Nothing rocks harder than this album. It is the perfect rock 'n' roll album."


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