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 :)
Now available: hard copy CDs of "Transatlantic Blues Project"
October 6, 2015
The tour was a big success and now we have a limited number of hard copy CDs of the new release "Transatlantic Blues Project" (live in Poland, October 2012). Pick one up at a gig (import price, $20).
Poznan (PL) tonight
September 10, 2015
The Transatlantic Blues Project tour is going great. Tonight, we are a the BaRock Club in Poznan, our fourth of twelve gigs in Poland. Tomorrow Fr Sept 11 is the Boogie Bar in Pila and then Sat 12 we do a concert at the District Museum in historic Kaliscz. I am also looking forward to the shows in Germany. And of course to going home :) ! Thanks to Jacek and Green Grass for organizing this leg of the journey. Have you heard the CD yet? Www.cdbaby.com/shrimpcityslimgreengrass
Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises extended into December
August 10, 2015
Friends, we have added Thurs Dec 3, Thurs Dec 10 to our blues & BBQ harbor cruise schedule for this year. These will be slightly earlier hours due to daylight savings time. Tickets, per usual, at www.charlestonharbortours.com
or call 843 722 1112.
Don't forget our "Holiday Parade of Boats" blues cruise on Sat Dec 12!
"Artist Spotlight" in Post & Courier today
July 16, 2015
Three big harbor cruises this 4th of July Weekend!
July 2, 2015
Thurs July 2 and Fri July 3 on the "Carolina Queen" (City Marina, Lockwood Dr) and Sat July 4 (sold-out). Tickets still available for today and tomorrow only. Full band, Home Team BBQ does the food, cash bar, two-hour sunset cruise.
Call 843 722 1112 or go on-line www.charlestonharbortours.com
Congratulations to Drink Small on his NEA award
June 12, 2015
Well, you've surely heard by now - Drink Small, South Carolina's blues legend (born 1933), has just been awarded the national folk heritage award by the National Endowment for the Arts. Details at www.nea.gov
This is America's highest honor bestowed on traditional artists and we can't think of anyone more deserving.
Drink's "Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!", released first on cassette in 1988, was our debut release on Erwin Music (the label). It was nominated for a WC Handy Award (now known as BMAs) in that year and has gotten rave reviews and airplay everywhere.
Featuring incredibly vivid performances from 1987-89 in Charleston, this GREAT live album can be auditioned and downloaded (or even purchased in hard-copy form) at www.cdbaby.com/drinksmall2
Way to go, Blues Doc!!!!
New Blues & BBQ Cruise video
May 26, 2015