Long time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, the Edwin McCain band signed with same label, Atlantic Records. In 1994, he recorded his first major-label album, Honor Among Thieves under the Lava Records imprint (Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock and Jewel). The record was then released in 1995. His second album, Misguided Roses, spawned "I'll Be", a major hit single in 1998. This song is also featured on the charitable album, Live in the X Lounge, along with a live version of "Solitude". It was also featured and included in the soundtrack of the 2004 teen flick, A Cinderella Story. Two more albums (Messenger and Far from Over) followed, but at the end of 2001, he split from Lava. In 2003 he released a collection of acoustic versions of songs both old and new called The Austin Sessions via ATC Records, a Nashville-based independent record label (at which McCain was the first artist signed following its creation in 2001). Also in 2003, McCain collaborated with artists Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge as The Thorns, releasing a self-titled album. The group was widely compared to the Traveling Wilburys and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Mid-2004 saw the arrival of his first studio album in three years, entitled Scream & Whisper, which was released on another indie label, DRT Entertainment.
He has released two DVDs to date. The first was through ATC records in late 2002, called Mile Marker: Songs and Stories from the Acoustic Highway, and it consisted of interviews, live performances, and other material. The other was in late 2004, Tinsel & Tap Shoes. It was his first live concert DVD, recorded at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Co-written & performed with singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, McCain released a single, "Hold Out a Hand." This song, available for a 99 cent download on iTunes Store, gives all profits to the relief of the hurricane victims of 2005.
Edwin McCain Band's newest original material CD, titled, Lost in America, was released on April 11, 2006, on Vanguard Records. This was album #9 and is said to be a true "rock 'n roll" collection. There were three single releases from this CD: "Gramercy Park Hotel", "Truly Believe", and "The Kiss"
Edwin's next release, a collection of R&B cover songs entitled "Nobody's Fault But Mine" will be released June 24th 2008 under a one off deal with Saguaro Road Records. Edwin will start work on the proper Vanguard Records follow up to "Lost In America" in the fall following the promotional tour for the covers album.
|Release date||Title||Label||Billboard Top 200|
|1991||Nomadic Logic||Independent Release||-|
|August 15 1995||Honor Among Thieves||Lava/Atlantic Records||#107|
|June 24 1997||Misguided Roses||Lava/Atlantic Records||#73|
|June 15 1999||Messenger||Lava/Atlantic Records||#59|
|June 19 2001||Far from Over||Lava/Atlantic Records||#105|
|February 25 2003||The Austin Sessions||ATC Records||-|
|June 22 2004||Scream & Whisper||DRT Entertainment||#183|
|April 11 2006||Lost in America||Vanguard Records|
|June 24 2008||Nobody's Fault But Mine||Saguaro Road Records|