The Lamplight Radio
January 18, 2017
Thanks to Joe Grammer and Lamplight Radio for coverage of our Mills House piano blues gigs. Check out the new spot on
(and also an old plug from Blues Bash...2008?)
25th anniversary for "Gone With the Wind"
January 7, 2017
Snap your fingers and here we are...25 years since we (Blue Light Special) won the First Prize at the Cape Fear Blues Society talent search in Wilmington, NC.
First Prize was ten hours of studio time with Mark Williams at Reflection in Charlotte (Mark comped us an extra two hours in the end...whole project start-to-finish, record/mix, was only twelve hours!).
I scribbled up a bunch of songs, we rehearsed them, and the first release of the album (in cassette form, entitled "Lowcountry Blues" by Shrimp City Slim) was ready by the time Chicago Bob and I left for Holland in April 1992. I did a formal release (cassettes and CDs) that summer, 1992 (as Blue Light Special). It was later reprinted (several times by now) as "Shrimp City Slim with Blue Light Special".
Time to revisit (it is a good album!): www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslim6
13th annual Blues By the Sea, Kiawah Island, SC, Sun 4/9/17
December 13, 2016
We are happy to announce the line-up for our 13th annual FREE blues festival on Kiawah Island. Make sure you bring the entire family, lawn chairs, food & drink will be for sale (but coolers OK), no pets please, 3-7 pm, featuring
Packrat's Smokehouse (Florida) - one of America's enduring real-deal swamp blues acts
(recorded for Ichiban Records in the early 1990s), as gritty as it gets!
The Lucky Losers (San Francisco) - area debut of outstanding swing/blues band with
exhilarating harmonica and twin male/female lead vocals!
The Sauce Boss (Florida) - Legendary gumbo king Bill Wharton & his slide guitar back
in Charleston for the first time in many years!
rain or shine (we are tented), plenty of parking, Kiawah is 40 mins SE of CHS
mark your calendar now!
Holiday Parade of Boats cruise is sold-out
December 5, 2016
Saturday, December 10, Sorry, folks, we just heard. But join us for the 2017 blues & bbq cruise season 2017, beginning March 23. Tickets at www.charlestonharbortours.com
Charleston City Paper support for new CD
November 29, 2016
"Tidal Pool" now on-line
November 25, 2016
November 21, 2016
Sat Feb 4 at the new Ruta 61 and Sun Feb 5 at New Orleans Jazz Bar (San Angel) both in the heart of Mexico City. More details soon.
"Tidal Pool" is here
November 19, 2016
The new solo CD is in! Available at gigs and will be available at CD Baby and Amazon in the next few days.
"Tidal Pool" release
November 1, 2016
We are expecting CDs the third week of November and will have them at gigs & on-line (and downloads) immediately.
Thanks for waiting!
Blues Stage at SC Pecan Fest
October 24, 2016
One night off in Paris...
September 19, 2016
And on to Germany for three gigs. Hit 'Calendar' for details.
Guest artists this month at the Mills House
September 4, 2016
"Tidal Pool", the new solo CD
August 30, 2016
Seventeen tracks in the can. Nine vocals, eight instrumentals. Thanks very much to Steve 'OJ' Hardy for a great recording. We are looking at October release. Info to come.
Work begins on new solo CD
August 15, 2016
"Tidal Pool"...tracking begins Monday, August 22. Twelve to fifteen original songs, most of which have not been recorded before. About half instrumental, half vocal. Looking for October release, to coincide with the 20th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden, SC (October 6-8...check out www.fineartscenter.org
for program notes).
From the Vault - video of Big Boy Henry & band at Lugano Blues to Bop 1993
July 31, 2016
Many many thanks to "Ramblin'" Ed Bersier for dusting this one off. Big Boy (with Dave Peabody, guitar; Rob Mason, harp; yours truly, piano) on the big stage, Piazza Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland, 1993. Talk about fun!
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POqr0p9hb-w
Nice review for Anthony Charles' CD in latest Blues Blast e-zine
July 21, 2016
Europe / Mexico
June 27, 2016
Europe...A brief solo tour in September with dates (venues t.b.a.) in/around Toulouse (F) September 16-18 (with Dr. Pickup) and Dusseldorf (D) September 20-22 (with Professor Bottleneck) (venues confirmed; please see 'Calendar').
Mexico...It is with regret that we learn Ruta 61 in Mexico DF has closed after twelve years in business. Big thanks to Eduardo Serrano Jasso and staff for keeping the blues alive in the capital for such a long time! I really enjoyed my gig there February 6 and was offered a return booking but alas it is not to be.
If anyone can recommend other venues in Mexico DF, please let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org / I have offers in Puebla and Oaxaca (return to La Nueva Babel) and a date or two in the DF would really make a tour happen.
Thanks to all for "Good Mornin', Blues" (Piccolo Spoleto concert series)
June 11, 2016
A huge time and a great audience...June 1,2,3,7,8,9,10 at How Art Thou? Cafe on James Island (ten minutes from downtown Charleston, SC). Let's do again in 2017!
Performing on TV ("Bounce Around Charleston", WCSC TV-5)
June 2, 2016
Thanks to Telia and Randall and their crew over on Charlie Hall Blvd for letting
David Berger (The HAT: Eat/Drink/Jazz) and I come over and throw down a couple of tunes to promote "Good Mornin', Blues" at How Art Thou? Cafe during Piccolo Spoleto.
"Bounce Around Charleston" will air Fri June 3, 730 pm and then twice again on Sat morning June 4, 730 am and Sun morning June 5, 730 pm on WCSC Live Five Channel 5 in Charleston, SC.
"Good Mornin', Blues" series at How Art Thou? Cafe
May 31, 2016
Piccolo Spoleto has the (piano) blues
April 29, 2016
Piccolo Spoleto festival info available Monday, May 2
April 26, 2016
Charleston, SC's annual arts festival has the blues!
Tickets go on sale, website to go LIVE, and brochure to be available shortly. Five blues harbor cruises and seven "Good Mornin', Blues" (Shrimp City Slim solo blues piano shows) at How Art Thou? Cafe on James Island.
Special feature programs for "Good Mornin', Blues"
April 12, 2016
Sunday, April 17: South Carolina Blues Focus
Sunday, April 24: Blues Around the World
Radio program going great! Sundays, 8-9 am EST
WCOO 105.5 FM, Charleston, SC (The Bridge)
streaming worldwide at 1055thebridge.com
French airplay for 'Star Marina'
March 29, 2016
Merci to Ilene Bayou Bleu and W3/Bayou Blue Radio for adding "Star Marina" to their rotation, in particular track #3, "Qu'est-ce Que C'est?"
Greenwood (SC) Blues Cruise promo has begun
March 27, 2016