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Extending Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season - September 24, 2014

Public interest has been so strong this year that we are rolling on a few more Thursdays into November - 6,13,20, and a special Fri 28 (Thanksgiving) cruise AND Thurdays Dec 4,11,18. Also don't forget the Holiday Parade of Boats on Sat Dec 13. Get your tickets at the usual places: www.charlestonharbortours.com or call 843 722 1112.

"Transatlantic Blues Project" CD now on CD Baby - September 21, 2014

This is the entire show, recorded intact start-to-finish (we had an opening act), October 27, 2012 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Listen/download/purchase hard copy CDs at www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslimgreengrass

Out-of-town - August 22, 2014

Solo show back in Long Island on Sunday August 31 at Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor, NY). Mid-Atlantic mini-tour November 16-23 with confirmed gigs in VA / MD / WV, working with Eric Selby (drums) and Billy Thompson (guitar). More dates t.b.a.

Polish CD has arrived - August 11, 2014

We now have a few copies of the Polish import CD "Transatlantic Blues Project: Shrimp City Slim & Green Grass", recorded 10/27/12 in my grandfather's town, Bydgoszcz, Poland. $20 at the shows or order soon from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com)

Live CD released in Poland - July 30, 2014

Transatlantic Blues Project (Shrimp City Slim & Green Grass) update: a live CD has been released of our October 27, 2012 concert at Hotel Pod Orlem, Bydgoszcz, Poland. Green Grass has it on their website: http://www.greengrass.pl/podstrony/dyskografia.html Will have some copies Stateside asap. Watch here for more info about CD availability and promotional tour.

New interview in Greece - July 16, 2014

Thanks very much to Michalis Limnios of www.blues.gr (Greece) for the interview: http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/interview-with-shrimp-city-slim-aka-gary-erwin-a-veteran Opa!

Greenwood was great! - July 14, 2014

Thanks to all the blues artists and blues fans who attended the SC Festival of Discovery (and our Greenwood Blues Cruise, 14th annual!) this past weekend in Greenwood, SC. A splendid time had by all. Mark your calendars for next year: Thursday-Saturday July 9-11, 2015 - 15th annual will be even BIGGER!

14th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise this week! - July 8, 2014

Thurs-Sat, July 10-12 all over Greenwood, SC
Part of the SC Festival of Discovery
FREE blues club crawl and massive BBQ cook-off
Full details @ www.greenwoodbluescruise.com Shrimp City Slim performing solo and with band throughout!

"Qenz" hard-copy CDs at gigs - June 30, 2014

Happy to say that we have a limited number of hard-copy 'Qenz' CDs available at gigs starting this week. Downloads and streaming samples of course at
www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslim12

NEW podcast of 90-min interview on The Fix internet radio - June 16, 2014

Had a wonderful time on "The Local Fix" last night on internet radio station The Fix, based in Charleston, SC. We talked for ninety minutes about Shrimp City Slim, the history of the blues, local music, original music, and much more. Tracks played: "The Time We Should Have Spent Together", "Highway 17 Blues", "Sticky Fingers", "Big Meal at Midnight", "The Moon Song", and Julius Daniels' "99 Year Blues" from 1927. Listen to the entire show at http://thefix.fm/shrimp-city-slim-on-the-local-fix/

Dates confirmed for American Music Celebration and Blues By the Sea - June 11, 2014

We are pleased to announce 2014-2015 dates for our annual events on Kiawah Island, SC:
9th annual American Music Celebration, Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2-7 pm
11th annual Blues By the Sea, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2-7 pm
Both events take place at Freshfields Village.
www.freshfieldsvillage.com Line-ups/schedules t.b.a.

Last (of five) Piccolo Spoleto harbor cruises is tomorrow - June 1, 2014

Monday, June 2, aboard "Carolina Queen" (City Marina, Lockwood Dr., Charleston, SC): Shrimp City Slim band backs up Steve "OJ" Hardy for the last cruise of the festival. Steve was SCS guitarist full-time 1992-1995 and has been on board again since contributing strongly to the 2013 albums "Star Marina" (SCS) and "Swamp Pop Princess" (Shelly Waters). His forte' is rockin' blues and blue-eyed soul; we will be doing covers of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Fabulous Thunderbirds, and more. Tickets still available: 843 722 1112 or on-line at www.piccolospoleto.com Procrastinators, you can also buy at the dock. We board at 630 pm.

The Story Behind 'Qenz' - new EP - May 11, 2014

'Qenz' (pronounced 'KEHNZ'), a new EP (six songs), should be up and running any day now for downloads and streaming at www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslim12.

These tracks, dating from June 1983), are raw song demos for a musical theatre project (never staged) concerning love and loss during the Spanish conquest of Peru.

1. Crystal House - glass house and rocks
2. Mortaleza - sunburnt town with a cheek of satin rose
3. Someone Who Really Loves You - try my God...you'll like Him
4. The Sound of Late Night - nude beneath the blue ruana, clinking chains & cameos
5. O Silent Partner - why do you stay with me now?
6. The Time We Should Have Spent Together - too much this, an awful lot of that

There are three songs never-before-released and two vocal (lyric) versions of tunes which have appeared on "Rio Angie" (all-piano album, 2012). There is also a version of "The Time We Should Have Spent Together" which made its first recorded appearance on 1998's "I Work Nights".

What we have here are starving-artist loft demos, just voice and bargain-basement electronic keyboard (actually the Yamaha CP-20 I was using with Ancestor Worship at the time); pretty late-night, pretty loose. Includes all the warts, pimples, and hiccups. Some false starts and a few whoops and hollers (hope you don't mind).

But it's urgent stuff, as could be expected when you are writing for a conquest.

About the cover art (shown on CD Baby - we might burn a few hard copies for gig sales), that's a fishing scene (actually: hunting sea lions) from the Mochica culture (pre-Inca) of coastal Peru.

'Qenz' is definitely a collector's item, stuff salvaged from the vault. I guess you could say that sometimes the archaeologists get there before the tomb robbers.

Thanks for climbing aboard.

More new Lowcountry venues - May 9, 2014

Always on the look-out for new venues, I'm happy to alert you to these:

AMY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE (just outside the gates of Seabrook Island, SC; where Lucy's used to be.
www.amysitaliansteakhouse.com Reservations 843 768 0025
TONIGHT (Fri May 9!), 6-9 pm and again June 13 and July 25.
Solo.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS, Summerville, SC (Grandview Dr., near Lowes and Walmart)
The restaurant chain...I'll be solo on the deck
Wed May 28, 7-10 pm, and probably once a month thereafter.
Solo.

The trio will be back at
BOHEMIAN BULL on Folly Rd. on Saturday, July 19, 10 pm-1 am.
Great place for beer and food.
www.bohemianbull.com
Thanks for your support!

Up the Atlantic coast - May 5, 2014

A couple of quick solo tours upcoming:
August 30-Sept 1: NY
November 16-23: DC/VA/MD
Dates/venues being posted at 'Calendar'.

Schedule / line-up now on-line for 14th annual Greenwood (SC) Blues Cruise - May 4, 2014

Big fun coming up Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12...feast your eyes on this line-up:
www.greenwoodbluescruise.com Plenty of hotels in the area...spend the weekend with us!

Pillaging the archives for new release - April 20, 2014

There is a lot of recorded material in the vault, some of which might see the light of day in the form of a new release (probably download-only); stayed tuned as we continue to dig.

Back home & ready for the season - February 20, 2014

Check out the gigs at www.shrimpcityslim.com./calendar.html Gonna be a great year!

Improvisations for Asia tour - January 20, 2014

Due to the public protests and interruptions in Bangkok, we've bypassed Thailand altogether and are exploring Myanmar for nine days before going back to Malaysia and Singapore. Thanks to Aznan Aziz, two-to-three gigs are on the horizon for January 25-29 period in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. Watch "Calendar" for updates.

Update on 2014 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises in Charleston, SC - January 10, 2014

We have changed the boat to the "Carolina Queen" out of the City Marina on Lockwood Drive (instead of the "Carolina Belle" from the Maritime Center).

They will run EVERY Thursday beginning April 10 through the end of October.

AND we are starting a special FRIDAY Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise series - every first Friday of the month (beginning May 2) with a variety of local and guest bands from out-of-town.

See "Calendar" for more details. As always to book, call 843-722-1112 or visit
www.charlestonharbortours.com

Six tracks from Shelly Water's "Swamp Pop Princess" CD now in rotation on KBON (Eunice, LA) - January 8, 2014

Venerable Louisiana radio force KBON 101.1 FM (Eunice, LA) has added six tracks from our Shelly Waters CD to their "Louisiana Proud" playlist. Those tracks are:

Living on a Memory
Still in Louisiana
Swamp Pop Princess
Good Times (Let 'Em Roll)
Simply, Baby
I'll Tell You What

Merci beaucoups, KBON!
www.kbon.com

Happy BBQ eaters/dancers @ Queology weigh in - November 4, 2013

The Dancing Dentist (Dean & Laureen, Wheaton, IL) recently visited Queology twice for 'que and SCS solo shows...here is their glowing review on TripAdvisor:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g54171-d4310926-r182276466-Queology_charlston_sc-Charleston_South_Carolina.html
Thanks, folks!

News on 2014 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises - October 18, 2013

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 season will begin the third week of April, Thursdays per usual, boarding at 6:30 pm and sailing 7-9 pm.

Live blues music provided by Shrimp City Slim band and friends; delicious BBQ by Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ; 2-hour harbor cruise and of course cash bar.

BUT, for the New Year, we are moving to "Carolina Queen" at the Charleston City Marina on Lockwood Dr. These cruises have been so popular that we are compelled to move to the larger boat...a beautiful paddlewheel riverboat that you will love!

Ticket information is that same as always: www.charlestonharbortours.com or you can call the office at 843-722-1112. Thanks and see you again soon!

Another great review of Shelly Waters' "Swamp Pop Princess"...this time in Paris - October 12, 2013

Thanks very much to Dominique LaGarde and the editors of Soul Bag magazine (Paris, France, #212, September 2013) for the short but sweet review of Shelly's debut CD (Erwin Music #EM-2014, released this March 2013), wherein they call it 'naive and sincere, sympathetique and unpretentious". Merci beaucoups!

Lovely article / interview with Shelly Waters in UK music magazine - October 9, 2013

Thanks very much to Norman Darwen (writer) and the editors of R2 (formerly 'Rock 'n' Reel'), United Kingdom, for the interview with and article about Shelly Waters, "Swamp Pop Princess", in the Sept/Oct 2013 issue. Page 89 for those of you holding the magazine.

Check out their website for subscription info:

http://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/
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