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Shrimp City Slim: Bio

SHRIMP CITY SLIM (aka Gary Erwin, b. 1953 Chicago) is a keyboard player/singer/songwriter based in Charleston, SC.

In 2012, he celebrated twenty-five years as a full-time professional musician.

SCS performs 150+ shows per year, solo and also with his great band, throughout the Southeast and overseas. He has performed all over Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland); Asia (Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan), and in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia).

File under "Lowcountry blues and original songs".

Shrimp City Slim has released 12 CDs of almost all-original material to date. Latest: a solo piano album "Rio Angie" (2012) and a band CD "Star Marina" (2013). NEWS: 'Qenz' (2014) is a handful of (year 1983) musical theatre song demos finally released 2014 for download only. 2014 also saw the release of "Transatlantic Blues Project", a live CD recorded in Poland with the band Green Grass.

SCS also has worked extensively with various real-deal downhome blues artists and has released albums by some of them on his label, Erwin Music (see "Recordings" for complete list of Erwin Music releases).

As bandleader/tour manager, he has travelled extensively (USA/Europe/Asia, since 1990) with Walter "Lightnin' Bug" Rhodes, Big Boy Henry, Chicago Bob Nelson, Drink Small, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Neal "Big Daddy" Pattman, Wanda Johnson, John Lee Ziegler, and others.

Having promoted blues in the coastal area since 1986, his other ongoing projects include organizing annual blues festivals throughout South Carolina (Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, Camden, 18th edition just realized in October, 2014; Greenwood Blues Cruise, 15th edition upcoming in 2015; Blues By the Sea, Kiawah Island, 11th edition coming in 2015; American Music Celebration, Kiawah Island, 9th edition just realized September 2014; and the Lowcountry Blues Bash, Charleston (now ended after 22 years, 1991-2012), among others); playing blues on the radio (1984-2005, including 17 years on public radio), and most recently TV (55 appearances in one year on "Lowcountry Live", ABC).

The Shrimp City Slim band has shared the stage with blues legends such as BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, James Cotton. Billy Boy Arnold AND rock/pop personalities NRBQ, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Herbie Mann, Jesse Colin Young, Mick Taylor (of The Rolling Stones), Lee Oskar, Savoy Brown, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Spider John Koerner, Ten Years After, and more.

With Dizzy Gillespie, Drink Small, Houston Person, and others, Erwin is profiled in Dr. Benjamin Franklin's "Jazz & Blues Musicians of South Carolina" (University of SC Press), as well as "Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas" (Novello Press) and "Blues" by Edoardo Fassio (Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy).

If you love blues and blues-based original songs brimming with vitality, real commitment, and a sense of humor, welcome to the world of SHRIMP CITY SLIM.

Please click on 'NEWS' for updates on this artist.

Many videos on YouTube (search "Shrimp City Slim").

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NB: The name "Shrimp City Slim" is trademarked / marca registrada (1992).