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NEW Blues Brunches in Charleston, SC - March 31, 2015

Shrimp City Slim (blues piano/vocals) now playing Saturday brunches at How Art Thou? Cafe on James Island semi-regularly - take a look at 'Calendar' for dates.

Thanks to the Free Times (Columbia, SC) for the interview - March 25, 2015

Promoting next week's solo gig at Utopia Food & Spirits. Thanks, Jordan Lawrence and staff! http://www.free-times.com/music/charlestons-shrimp-city-slim-found-a-home-away-from-home-in-poland-032515

Big Bridge Run Blues weekend March 27-29 - March 24, 2015

Charleston's Bridge Run weekend gonna be 110%!

Fri 27, 5-8 pm: SCS band does 'Taste of the Bridge Run' @ Maritime Center (CHS)
Sat 28, 10 am-2 pm: SCS band & guests @ Mills House (115 Meeting St., courtyard)
Sat 28, 10 pm-1 am: SCS band @ Mac's Place (215 East Bay St. downtown)
Sun 29, noon-6 pm: Lowcountry Cajun Festival (James Island County Park)

See you at the shows!

Europe - March 14, 2015

Going back to Europe in September...Polish tour with Green Grass (that's our live CD "Transatlantic Blues Project", recorded in Bydgoszcz, October 2012 - have a listen at www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslimgreengrass ): confirmed dates in Gdansk, Torun, Bydgoszcz, Ostromecko, and more to follow. Also doing a couple of solo gigs in Germany on the way home. Watch these pages for updates.

Thanks to Charleston City Paper for the article - February 12, 2015

Kelly Rae Smith & the Charleston City Paper (Charleston, SC) did a nice job this week - thanks very much!
http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/shrimp-city-slim-tracks-down-his-kin-drops-his-last-name-and-heads-to-polandagain/Content?oid=5078148

For those who miss the Lowcountry Blues Bash... - January 10, 2015

Don't miss three historic days of blues this year February 13-15 in the courtyard of the legendary Mills House Hotel on Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. A free concert series, much as we used to orchestrate during the twenty-two (22) years of the Lowcountry Blues Bash (1991-2012). Great regional and national artists t.b.a. We will announce more HERE and also on our new Facebook page.

Upstate gigs / 2015 Blues & BBQ Cruise season / new songs - January 8, 2015

Happy to say that I'll be back in the South Carolina Upstate for some solo gigs:
Wed Feb 18: venue t.b.c. (Aiken?)
Thurs Feb 19, 7 pm: Greenville, SC (Dr. Mac Arnold's Blues Restaurant)
Fri Feb 20: venue t.b.c. (Edgefield?)
Sat Feb 21: Greenwood, SC (private party)

Our 2015 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season begins Thursday, April 9 in Charleston, SC and runs every Thursday through the end of the year. We sail on "Carolina Queen" from the City Marina on Lockwood Dr. Home Team BBQ does the food, cash bar, 2-hour cruise. A lot of fun! Tickets: 843 722 1112 or www.charlestonharbortours.com
Working on a batch of new songs for a possible 2015 release with the working title "Tidal Pool". Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! - December 23, 2014

Thanks, everyone, for a great 2014. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Upstate South Carolina once again - November 30, 2014

We're making a foray back into the western part of the state this coming weekend:

Fri Dec 5, 4 pm: On the air with Anne Eller, WCRS 1450 AM, Greenwood, SC (listen worldwide at www.wcrs1450am.net); 530 pm solo at Flynn's on Maxwell (wine-tasting, Greenwood, SC); then finally 830 pm Howard's on Main (Greenwood, SC; trio).

Sat Dec 6, 7 pm: Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC.

Both of the above with John Clam Chop Etheridge, drums, and Juke Joint Johnny, harp).

Then over to Columbia on Sun Dec 7 to track piano for Rev. Marv Ward's new CD.

Looking forward!

Shrimp back on the radio? - November 14, 2014

"Blues in the Night" (Public Radio 1984-2001), "Blue Monday" (The Breeze Radio Network 1996-1999, "Nothin' But the Blues" (WVVO 910 AM, early 1990s), and "Blues on The Bridge" (five years, early in this millenium) were all blues radio productions of Gary Erwin / Shrimp City Slim.

We are currently discussing some ideas of returning the blues to the radio - Charleston-based and also internet - with several broadcasting entities involved. If anything happens, it would be in early 2015. Please stay tuned for more news.

Mid-Atlantic Tour November 16-23 - November 12, 2014

Seven shows in the Mid-Atlantic, working with Eric Selby (drums) and occasionally Billy Thompson (guitar) and Michelle Lucas (bass) (please see the Billy Thompson Band, www.billythompsonmusic.com) Dates and venues at 'Calendar'.

Blues returns to Florence, SC this Sat 11/1 - October 27, 2014

Our Blues Stage at the Pecan Festival runs from 1130 am to 430 pm and features performances by a bevy of regional artists. The Hartness & Charles Project, Norman Taylor, The Blues Buckets, Rev. Marv Ward Duo, Shrimp City Slim all slated to perform. This is part of the South Carolina Pecan Festival. The stage will be situated in the plaza on the 100 block of S. Dargan St (between Evans and Cheves), downtown Florence. Allow time to navigate. The Pecan Fest is huge! See you there.

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.
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