Edwin McCain

A rootsy singer/songwriter with ties to jazz and soul as well, Edwin McCain hails from Charleston, South Carolina, and it was with the support of native sons Hootie & the Blowfish that McCain initially signed to a label. Let it not be said that McCain never earned his contract: his touring schedule was among the most rigorous in music -- 300-plus nights per year -- and his dynamic band (anchored by lead guitarist Larry Chaney) gained respect and support slots for similarly minded artists like Hootie, Jewel, and even the Allman Brothers.