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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 2017, he will mark thirty years full-time in music.

SCS performs 200+ 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" and "world piano blues".

Shrimp City Slim has released 12 CDs of original material to date. The latest: solo piano album "Rio Angie" (2012), band CD "Star Marina" (2013), and a live CD "Transatlantic Blues Project" (2014, live in Poland). Also recently hatched: 'Qenz', a handful of odd musical theatre song demos (recorded 1983) finally released for download only. Last but not least, a new solo album is in preparation for late 2016.

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, John Lee Ziegler, and others.

Having promoted blues in the coastal area since 1984, his other ongoing projects include

a) Organizing annual blues festivals throughout South Carolina (Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, Camden, 21st edition coming in October 2017; Greenwood Blues Cruise, 17th edition coming in July 2017; Blues By the Sea, Kiawah Island, 13th edition coming April 2017; American Music Celebration, Kiawah Island, Pee Dee Blues Bash (Florence, SC), and the Lowcountry Blues Bash, Charleston (now ended after 22 years, 1991-2012), among others),

b) Producing blues radio shows...the NEW (2016) program is "Good Mornin', Blues", Sundays 8-9 AM on The Bridge at 1055 (WCOO 105.5 FM Charleston, SC, streaming worldwide at Plus seventeen years, 1984-2001 SC Public Radio, three years on the legendary "Breeze Radio Network", and programs on a handful of other stations). Even more recently, he made fifty-five appearances in one year on "Lowcountry Live", ABC News 4 TV).

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, Little Willie Littlefield, Henry Gray 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), "Blues" by Edoardo Fassio (Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy), "South Carolina Blues" by Clair DeLune (Arcadia Press, and (new for 2016) "Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz & Blues" (also by Dr. Franklin, University of SC Press).

Closer to home, in 2013 Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley proclaimed March 27 as "Shrimp City Slim / Gary Erwin Day" in the historic city.

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).