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
Always a great time on "Lowcountry Live" (TV)
March 22, 2016
Thanks to the good folks at ABC News 4 (WCIV, Charleston, SC) for letting me come on "Lowcountry Live" (morning news magazine) on Fri March 18 to talk about the Mills House blues happy hours & brunches, the blues & BBQ harbor cruises, etc. Here is the clip:
I will be back on Thurs March 31 to promote the Cajun Fest. The program airs 10-11 am and is lively, a great way to start your day!
Interview with an old friend brings back memories
March 16, 2016
Charlie Rowland put in his time (with all of us 'back in the day') during the heyday of Charleston's fabled blues scene...mostly centered about 'the original' Cumberlands on Cumberland St. So we're talking about sometime in the 1990s.
Here is a cool, recent article / interview with him (he is now a well-known writer) that you might enjoy:
Piccolo Spoleto to feature blues harbor cruises, piano blues series
March 5, 2016
We are very happy to announce that Charleston's annual Piccolo Spoleto festival will again host some blues performances for you:
BLUES HARBOR CRUISES ("Carolina Queen", City Marina on Lockwood Dr.)
May 28: Shrimp City Slim
May 29: Chuck "The Cat" Morris (traditional blues harp)
June 4: Steve "OJ" Hardy (funky rockin' blues and soul)
June 5: Ceasar (Creole soul showman & band)
June 11: Juke Joint Johnny (power blues harp)
Tickets will be available shortly at www.piccolospoleto.com
Also on offer:
"Good Mornin', Blues"
Midday blues piano sessions at How Art Thou? Cafe (James Island / metro Charleston)
1130 am-130 pm on the following days.
No advance ticketing, $10 cash only at the door
Food & drink for sale
or call 843 762 9125
Wed June 1
Thurs June 2
Fri June 3
Tues June 7
Wed June 8
Thurs June 9
Fri June 10
See you then!
New Charleston radio station WYLA playing SCS
March 4, 2016
Thanks very much to Kevin Crothers and the new Charleston, SC radio station that is supporting local music: WYLA 97.5 FM. Live stream here:
Playing various SCS tracks including "Loaded Biscuit", "Moonstone (chanson pour Solange)", "Gnat Bite", "Charleston Strut", and lots more. Tune in for something different!
PS Watch for our new blues program on WYLA to debut soon.
Blues Happy Hours @ Mills House Hotel, change of day
March 3, 2016
If you haven't been yet, the 'Blues Happy Hours' at the legendary Mills House Hotel (115 Meeting St., downtown Charleston, SC 29401, 843 577 2400, www.millshouse.com
) are going GREAT and we invite you to join us Thursdays, 5-8 pm in The Barbadoes Room / First Shot Lounge. No cover, great food, drink specials, fabulous service, reasonable prices. The Mills is one of Charleston's most historic grand hotels. Isn't it time for you to experience it?
NOTE: The Blues Happy Hours are moving to WEDNESDAYS (same hours 5-8 pm) beginning Wednesday, March 30. A wonderful way to chill out in the late Charleston afternoon. See you at the Mills!
PS and don't forget our "Blues Brunch" every Sunday, 11 am-2 pm in The Barbadoes Room...a Charleston tradition.
Mexico "tour" going great
February 11, 2016
Here in Oaxaca and ready for La Nueva Babel tomorrow. 10 pm show, no cover. Home next week and into a heavy schedule. Please visit 'Calendar' for mas informacion.
"Good Mornin', Blues" (blues radio program)
January 15, 2016
Nice press for tomorrow's gig in Columbia, SC
January 5, 2016
Looking forward to my solo show tomorrow, January 6, at Foxfield Bar & Grille in Columbia. Here is what Jordan Lawrence said in this week's Free-Times:
"The great thing about Shrimp City Slim is that he's more than a mere bluesman. Sure, the institutional Charleston pianist and promoter can rip through with bluesy rock abandon, as evidenced by "Transatlantic Blues Project", his 2014 live album with the Polish band Green Grass. But he's just as liable to hit you with a Brian Wilson-esque ballad or offer some heady rambling that recalls the best years of Randy Newman."
Thanks, Jordan! See you all there! 8-11 pm.
Back at the Mills House Hotel (downtown Charleston, SC)
January 3, 2016
Very pleased to announce that LIVE PIANO BLUES is returning to historic downtown Charleston, every Thursday (5-8 pm) and Sunday (11 am-2 pm) at the legendary Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting Street. SCS performing solo in the First Shot lounge (or courtyard, weather-permitting). Sensational vintage bar/restaurant, no cover, an intriguing mix of visitors and locals. See you there!
Further info: 843 577 2400 or www.millshouse.com
Back on the radio
January 1, 2016
Stay tuned for information about our new blues radio program on The Bridge at 1055 (WCOO 105.5 FM and streaming worldwide at www.1055thebridge.com
"Good Mornin', Blues" will follow in the tradition of our "Blues in the Night" on WSCI 89.4 FM (SC Public Radio, 1984-2001), "Blue Monday" on The Breeze Radio Network (four stations regionally, 1996-1999), "Nothin' But the Blues" (WVVO AM, early 1990s), and "Blues on The Bridge" (five years, WCOO The Bridge at 1055).
We will play the legends as well as deserving purveyors of contemporary blues, with an inclination toward blues of the Carolinas. We will promote this program to a worldwide audience.
Last gigs for 2015
December 16, 2015
Almost time to say 'Happy New Year!', everyone!
A couple of How Art Thou? Cafe Tuesdays left - Dec 22, 29.
This Sat Dec 19, 4-6 pm, solo @ the acoustic series @ Palmetto Brewing in downtown Charleston, SC
A couple of private gigs
And then that's it.
2016 already filling up. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
2016 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season
November 30, 2015
Every Thursday beginning March 31, 2016 and running through the end of October. Get your tickets at www.charlestonharbortours.com
or call 843 722 1112.
February gigs in Mexico
November 28, 2015
The love affair with Mexico continues. Ever since attending La Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla in 1971-1972, I've had a fixation with our neighbor to the South and have made many return visits to virtually every part of that amazing country.
My only gigging in Mexico was during those school years (unnamed band with Frank Corkrum on acoustic guitar, Raford Rogers on flutes and whistles, and sometimes Lee Joffe on vocals...all original songs but we never recorded) AND a week of gigs in Guadalajara a decade or so ago - blues with a heavy emphasis on material from "Gone With the Wind" and lots of Chicago stuff.
This time around, I am playing two solo shows: Saturday, February 6 at Ruta 61 (Mexico DF) and Friday, February 12 at Cafe Cultural La Nueva Babel in Oaxaca.
Very excited to say the least. If you are anywhere nearby, please stop in and say hi :)