Back home & ready for the season
February 20, 2014
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
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)
I'll Tell You What
Merci beaucoups, KBON!
Happy BBQ eaters/dancers @ Queology weigh in
November 4, 2013
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:
New 28-minute SCS video now on-line
September 29, 2013
Thanks to Elfi Hacker for posting a new 28-minute video from our September 20, 2013 gig at her venue : The 145 Club in Winnsboro, SC. Steve "OJ" Hardy, guitar/vocals; John Clam Chop Etheridge, drums/vocals; SCS, keys/vocals.
The venue website is www.the145club.com
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGGggjhbBpI
Tommy's House (SCS original)
Giving It Up For Your Love (Delbert McClinton)
Gone With the Wind (SCS)
Sea Cruise (Frankie Ford)
Big Fish, Small Pond (SCS)
She's Tough (Jerry McCain)
Buy My Music While I'm Still Alive (SCS)
You Left the Water Running (R&B classic)
Desperately Old-Fashioned (SCS)
A fun time in a fun venue for a fun crowd. Thanks and see you again soon!
Tour with Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley begins this Fri 9/27
September 23, 2013
Canadian blues friends and Electro-Fi recording artists Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley arrive this Friday, Sept 27 for a short tour of South Carolina. Clam Chop and I will be backing them up on some gigs and they will also do duo gigs. Join us this Fri 9/27 on 'Carolina Queen' sailing from the City Marina; another bodacious Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise. We'll be doing originals from their latest CD "Scrap Metal Blues" as well as some great downhome blues. Diana is a wonderful singer and Chris knows his stuff on guitar/harp/trumpet. He played with Lonnie Johnson in the 1960s! What does that tell ya? Tickets for the cruise 843 722 1112 or the usual website www.charlestonharbortours.com
Dutch airplay for "Star Marina"
September 14, 2013
Thanks to Nico Bravenboer, "Bluezy" at Radio Ridderkerk (Netherlands) for the spins on his popular blues radio program. Find him on the Web (and listen both live and to podcasts) at www.bluezy.nl
CD review & airplay in Spain for "Star Marina"
September 2, 2013
Muchisimas gracias a nuestro amigo Vicente Zumel (Radio PICA, Barcelona, Spain) and his "La Hora del Blues" radio program/blues headquarters for airplay all this month (of September) AND the glowing review of 'Star Marina' at www.lahoradelblues.com/criticas.htm
(PS he also covered Shelly Waters' "Swamp Pop Princess" -airplay and review - this month / Todos nosotros quisieramos hacer una gira alla en Espana - por ejemplo, "Shrimp City Slim Band, presentando Shelly Waters" (dos artists, uno show)...algun interes de promotores :) ????
WEB-ONLY CD SALE ! SPECIAL PRICES / LIMITED TIME
August 18, 2013
ERWIN MUSIC, our family music "label" (since 1988) has been your source for interesting blues & roots music in South Carolina & beyond!
For A LIMITED TIME ONLY, we are offering a SPECIAL SALE on PHYSICAL/HARD COPY CDS for visitors to this website. These are primarily titles from our back catalog - still GREAT MUSIC and a REAL EXPERIENCE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA BLUES/ROOTS REALITY! A real price break for those who still want to hold a CD in their hand!
ALL TITLES ONLY US$7.00 EA POSTPAID (overseas, please add US$3.00 per unit). Check or money order payable to Gary Erwin, PO Box 13525, Charleston, SC 29422 USA. Please allow 2-3 three weeks for delivery by US Post.
THIS SALE APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING TITLES / PHYSICAL CDs (*indicates in plastic jewel box / all others in cardboard jackets):
SHRIMP CITY SLIM
Gone With the Wind*
I Work Nights*
Ancestor Worship: The Boston Sessions 1980-83)*
Highway 17: Lowcountry Blues Live
Call Me Miss Wanda
Hold What You Got
Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!
TONY & COMPANY (gospel)
MANY OTHER ERWIN MUSIC TITLES are available for digital download on CD Baby by artists like SHELLY WATERS (physical CD also), PAUL KERSHAW & THE BAYOU RAMBLERS, BIG DADDY PATTMAN, RANDY CROWE, BIG BOY HENRY, WALTER "LIGHTNIN' BUG" RHODES, and more.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
August 3, 2013
It's been a rainy but slightly cooler summer (think 80s instead of mid-90s!) here in the Lowcountry...lots of outdoor gigs at places like the Aqua Terrace @ The Charleston Marriott, Brick House Kitchen on James Island, Freshfields Village, and of course the Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises. Needless to say, we're looking forward to the fall and a drop in temperature.
By the way, the line-up for the 17th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, October 3-5, Camden, SC is now finished and should be posted shortly at www.bluesbash.com/camden
It's gonna be a barn-burner!
Two new venues this weekend for the solo show
July 19, 2013
TONIGHT July 19, 8 pm: Tru Blue's House of Wings (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Sat July 20, 8 pm: Bill's Pickin' Parlor (Columbia, SC)
Hope to see you there!
13th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise a whopper!
July 14, 2013
Thanks to everyone who came out to Greenwood, SC this past weekend for the 13th annual Blues Cruise and Festival of Discovery. If you missed it, check out www.greenwoodbluescruise.com
Record crowds, good weather (except for a sprinkle here & there), ninety-three (93) BBQ teams, and great performances by a big roster of blues artists made this a weekend to remember. We are planning #14 now for July 2014...wow!
"Star Marina" on Midwestern radio
June 21, 2013
Thanks to Linda, WEMU-FM (Eastern Michigan University), for firing up 'Star Marina' and 'Qu'est-ce Que C'est?" on her morning blues program.
Record crowds for Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises
June 7, 2013
As you might know, the SCS band plays live every Thursday on the 'Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise' in Charleston, SC harbor. Aboard "Carolina Belle" which departs from the Charleston Maritime Center (near the SC Aquarium). Live blues, Home Team BBQ buffet, two-hour harbor cruise, and cash bar make for an unbeatable way to celebrate the beautiful waterfront. A good time guaranteed! We do this all the way through October.
Crowds have been strong and we urge you to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit www.charlestonharbortours.com
or call and talk to a human being at 843-722-1112. Tickets are reasonable (all-in $39.95 per adult) and group rates are available. Please inquire.
See you on the Belle sometime soon!
Full summer schedule
May 30, 2013
Summer, 2013, is packed with fun dates. Please check out "Calendar" on this site. Of special note: 13th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise, July 11-13, Greenwood, SC. www.greenwoodbluescruise.com
Radio airplay for "Star Marina"
April 30, 2013
Starting to happen...thanks to the following stations already playing tracks from "Star Marina": KPFT (Houston, TX); Radio RCC (Umbertide, Italy); KTEP (El Paso, TX, WQLN (Erie, PA).
"Big Meal at Midnight" added to radio playlist in Italy
April 29, 2013
"Big Meal at Midnight" from 'Star Marina' now can be heard on 'Rock 'n' Blues Today', hosted by Simone Bargelli on Radio RCC, Umbertide (PG), Italy. Grazie, Simone!
"Star Marina" reviewed in Blues & Rhythm magazine (UK)
April 29, 2013
In the May 2013 issue of venerable British blues magazine Blues & Rhythm, Norman Darwen says of "Star Marina": "After last year's impressionistic 'Rio Angie', reviewed in B&R #274, "Star Marina" finds Shrimp City Slim back with the blues - albeit of a quirky and distinctive type...Gary has adopted a far wider remit than most American artists and, with the backing of a tight little band that includes some of his regular accompanists such as guitarist Silent Eddie Phillips and harmonica man Chuck "The Cat" Morris, has turned in a very likeable, enjoyable, entertaining CD!"
More airplay / Virgin Islands
April 28, 2013
Thanks to Doug Lewis @ WVGN 107.3 FM, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for adding "The Starlite Room" from "Star Marina" to his playlist!
9th annual Blues By the Sea was a hit!
April 16, 2013
Thanks to our artists: BILLY BOY ARNOLD, Billy Flynn, Frankie's Blues Mission, Shelly Waters Band, and Professor Bottleneck & Harmonica Frank for the spectaculous show Sunday, April 14 at Freshfields. We had one of our biggest crowds; the weather held, and the music was absolutely spellbinding. Thanks in particular to the legend BILLY BOY ARNOLD whose impeccably-crafted deep blues at low volume was almost trance-inducing. Kudos to Frank Lee Robinson (guitar), Kurt (bass), Al (drums), and Billy Flynn (guitar) for being so beautifully understated behind Billy Boy. A day to remember! Mark your calendar now for our next one...10th annual - Sunday, April 13, 2014!
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Mayor's proclamation covered in this week's Charleston City Paper
April 3, 2013
Thanks to Chris Haire & the City Paper (Wed 4/3 edition) for mentioning March 27's "Gary Erwin / Shrimp Slim Day" in Charleston and the proclamation given by Mayor Joe Riley on that day. Thanks to Bill Blizard, Solange Belle for organizing the award and to all the friends who came down to City Hall for the rite of passage. I'm still floored.