Musician McCain gives impromptu bar performance |

Musician McCain gives impromptu bar performance

Eben Harrell

Local music lovers received a surprise Wednesday night when hit singer-songwriter Edwin McCain gave an unexpected performance at a local bar.McCain, who is best known for his hit “I’ll be” (as in your cryin’ shoulder), was in town Wednesday night before a tour stop in Boulder. Hanging out at Jimmy’s Restaurant and Bar with some friends, McCain borrowed a guitar from local band “Take the Wheel” and played a three-song set.A self-described “snowboard bum” who lived in Vail for a year in the early ’90s, McCain is a frequent visitor to the Rockies. He played at the Wheeler Opera House last December to rave reviews and a near sell-out crowd.”I love Aspen,” McCain said in an interview before his concert last December. “I try to come up when I can, even when I don’t have a concert.”Those words proved prophetic Wednesday night. McCain’s performance received strong applause and murmurs of recognition after bar owner Jimmy Yeager introduced McCain.Not everyone caught on, however. One local patron was overheard saying, “Who was that guy. He was really good.”Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is

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