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New article in The Southern Edge - June 15, 2019

Thanks very much to Roy Scott for the article on Shrimp City Slim in the new e-edition of The Southern Edge:
Article begins on page 34.

It's always nice to be recognized!

Piccolo going great - June 1, 2019

Three more blues harbor cruises left and seven more “Good Mornin’, Blues” (morning piano blues shows). Tickets at

Piccolo Spoleto Festival starts this Friday, May 24!!!! - May 19, 2019

Through June 9 in Charleston, SC

Fourteen (14) “Good Mornin’, Blues shows and five blues harbor cruises plus all our normal blues/BBQ cruises and gigs. Info and tickets at

Two big festivals now completed - April 15, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lowcountry Cajun Festival (April 7) and the 15th annual Blues By the Sea (April 14) - both blockbusters with glorious weather and intense, life-affirming music from various national acts.

Mark your calendars now for 2020: Cajun will be Sunday, April 5 and Blues By the Sea will be April 19.

Piccolo Spoleto 2019 will be packed with blues music - March 1, 2019

Charleston’s citywide arts festival Piccolo Spoleto is flush with blues this year.

Once again, we will be staging the 14-show series “Good Mornin’, Blues” at Upper Lance Hall at the Circular Church,
150 Meeting St.

These piano blues morning sessions are 10 am each day and take place smack dab in the middle of the
“Art of Recovery” (visual arts) exhibit.

This is a unique situation that our audiences have really enjoyed.

Tickets will be available soon at Only fifty tickets are available for each performance. Each performance is different, so some folks like to come once and then come back again. We hope you can join us!

The dates are May 24,25,27,28,29,30,31, June 1,3,4,5,6,7,8.


We are also very excited about the Blues Harbor Cruises aboard the “Carolina Queen” sailing drom the City Marina on Lockwood Drive.
We have all out-of-town artists this year. Tickets will also soon be available at The shows are:

Sun 5/26 Royal Johnson (Macon, GA)
Mon 5/27 Willie Jackson & the Tybee Blues Band (Tybee Island, GA)
Sun 6/2 Peter Karp & band (Nashville, TN)
Mon 6/3 Davis Coen & band (Memphis, TN)
Sun 6/9 Kyle Yardley Blues Band (St. Louis, MO)

Mark your calendar now!

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises - our eleventh season! - February 16, 2019

Every Thursday in Charleston, SC harbor, beginning March 21 through the end of October.
Tickets st

Blues Summit Nine in Toronto - November 13, 2018

I'm very grateful to be invited by the Toronto Blues Society to Blues Summit Nine (and the Maple Blues Awards), February 1-4. Canada has a huge, vibrant blues scene and it will be great to check it out more closely.

CD reissues now available - November 8, 2018

"Highway 17" (2003) now its fourth reprint.

"Dark Road Piano" (2006) (out of print for about five years) now reprinted.

"Blues on the Beach" (1994) (out of print for about ten years) reissued with a new cover and liner notes.

All three products available now and available at all gigs.

Back in Europe, January 2019 - August 26, 2018

Time frame January 15-25. Several dates confirmed in Germany. Anything we can do for you? Please contact us at
Merci! Danke! Thanks!

Festivals - Greenwood and now Camden - July 19, 2018

The 18th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise / SC Festival of Discovery (blues & BBQ extravaganza), July 12-15, was awesome! Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the two dozen+ national artists and 48 free performances. Lock in your dates for next year: July 11-14.
Coming up: sensational line-up and venue framework for the 22nd annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Camden, SC, Oct 4-6. Watch for full details. Artists include: Beverly Guitar Watkins, Travis Moonchild Haddix, Keeshea Pratt Band, Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones, and a whole lot more.

And also on the horizon: Blues Stage at SC Pecan Fest, Sat Nov 3 in Florence, SC. Live blues (mostly solos/duos) 11 am-5 pm.
See you soon!

"Good Mornin', Blues" series a big success at Piccolo Spoleto - June 11, 2018

Fourteen morning shows - fantastic! Thanks to our wonderful audiences. Already plannig for next year.

Having a ball at Piccolo Spoleto! - May 28, 2018

Charleston’s annual arts blow-out offers the “Good Mornin’, Blues” series and five blues cruises. Check it at Now through June 10.

"Good Mornin', Blues" @ Piccolo Spoleto / 14 shows / tickets now available - May 3, 2018 Hope to see you with us!

Full calendar for 2018 - March 2, 2018

Thanks for your support. Check out recently-added dates at 'Calendar'.

Best wishes and see you in the New Year! - December 14, 2017

A few gigs winding down and now booking 2018. Thank you for listening!

Another solo series at Piccolo Spoleto (2018) - October 30, 2017

Our third "Good Mornin', Blues" world piano blues series. Fourteen midday shows, metro Charleston, SC - venue t.b.a. May 25 through June 9. Watch for more info here and at

Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame - September 17, 2017

Have learned I am being inducted into the LCMHOF on Sunday, October 22 at the Hanahan (SC) amphitheatre. Very proud and honored.

Hurricane Irma - September 10, 2017

Prayers for everyone affected in the Caribbean and now Florida. Irma will probably still come to Charleston on Monday as a tropical storm. Mills House blues brunch today is cancelled.

A couple of videos from Festiblues Bolivia - July 31, 2017

Morning TV spot:
Performing "There's Never a No Time For the Blues" (composed in the mid 1960s) with Andean instruments (charango and zampona) at the festival:

Wonderful time at Festiblues Bolivia - July 24, 2017

A great time at the 8th annual international blues fest in La Paz, Bolivia, July 20-22. Thanks again to the USA Embassy in La Paz and Vivian, Juany, and all the good folks at Festiblues. Also thanks to Nico, Ramiro, Mauricio, and A.F. of BBB and folcloristas David and Felix. I already miss you all! Beautiful Bolivia!

Big times in Greenwood - July 9, 2017

We had a fabulous weekend July 6-9 in Greenwood, SC with the 17th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise (part of the Festival of Discovery). Fifty-one shows by over two dozen national blues acts. See more at
Please join us for the 18th edition: July 12-14, 2018!!

Promo piece for FestiBlues Bolivia - July 1, 2017

Looking forward to seeing everyone in La Paz July 20-22. By the way, if that music sounds familiar, it is because the festival is using "I Don't Wanna Be in Town (When Your Payback Comes Around" (from the 1998 CD 'I Work Nights') as their theme song!

Piccolo Spoleto 2017 is an awesome success - May 31, 2017

So far, amazing attendance on the blues harbor cruises (upcoming: June 3 Steve & the Blue Stilletos, June 4 Ghost Town Blues Band, and June 10 Andy T/Alabama Mike with Anson Funderburgh) AND the "Good Mornin', Blues" series at How Art Thou? Cafe (four down, eight to go...see 'Calendar' for more info.

Thanks for your support.

Info: (page 24 for "Good Mornin'" and page 29 for the harbor cruises)

Piano blues in Bolivia - May 15, 2017

I am very proud to represent the USA at the upcoming Festiblues Bolivia international blues festival, July 20-22 in La Paz, Bolivia. The tour calls for several performances, workshops, jams, and master classes. Looking forward to a great time! My last visit to La Paz was in April, 1976. Thanks to Jamie Atkinson and the US Embassy for this unique opportunity.

Facebook 'Festiblues Bolivia' for developing information.

13th annual Blues By the Sea was a huge success! - April 11, 2017

Perfect weather, three great national touring artists, and a record crowd made this one for the history books. Enjoy this pro video by Joe Grammer, a chronicle of the day:
Please join us for BBS #14 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island, SC.
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