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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 9 CDs to date. The new solo piano CD (released September, 2012) is entitled "Rio Angie". The new 'ensemble album' is "Star Marina" (released February, 2013 (14 new original songs).

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. His latest side project is collaboration with south Louisiana singer Shelly Waters (aka Swamp Pop Shelly; her debut "Swamp Pop Princess" was released in February, 2013).

Having promoted blues in coastal SC since 1986, his other ongoing projects include organizing annual blues festivals in South Carolina (Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, 17th edition coming in October, 2013; Greenwood Blues Cruise, 14th edition upcoming in 2014; Blues By the Sea, 10th edition coming in 2014, American Music Celebration, 8th edition this October; and the Lowcountry Blues Bash (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 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, 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.

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

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