SHRIMP CITY SLIM (aka Gary Erwin) is a musician / songwriter / promoter / producer who specializes in "world piano blues and original songs".  Born (1953) & raised in Chicago, schooled in Mexico, and now based in Charleston, SC, Erwin has used "Shrimp City Slim" (trademarked) as his stage name for thirty years.


PERFORMING & RECORDING...SCS has released over a dozen albums of all-original music (please see 'Discography') and performs throughout the USA and overseas.   

Due to Covid-19, live gigging is temporarily on hold.  Please keep an eye on "Calendar" for updates.


PRODUCTION/PROMOTION...Erwin/SCS has presented live blues in South Carolina since 1985.   He created, organized, and programmed Charleston's annual two weeklong blues festival 'Lowcountry Blues Bash' in 1991.  The Bash ran every February for twenty-two (22) incredible editions (last one was 2012).

His current endeavors include the Greenwood (SC) Blues Cruise (July,  since 2000), Carolina Downhome Blues Festival (Camden, SC, October, since 1997), Blues Stage @ SC Pecan Festival (Florence, SC, November, since 2003), Blues By the Sea (Kiawah Island, SC, April, since 2004), the Piccolo Spoleto blues series (Charleston, end May through mid June, since 1999),  Lowcountry Cajun Festival and others.


RADIO...He has produced blues radio in coastal SC since 1984.  His latest offering, "Good Mornin', Blues", just marked  its fifth year on-air and can be heard every Sunday morning 8 am EST on The Bridge at 1055, WCOO 105.5 FM, Charleston, SC, streaming worldwide at www.1055thebridge.com


RECORD LABEL/PUBLISHING...Erwin Music (since 1988) (named after his "record store" of the same name, 1987-1996),  has released titles by a variety of Southeastern blues and roots artists on tape and CD.  Erwin is a BMI composer & publisher (Blue Chasqui Music).


PRESS...SCS has been profiled in various music books & publications and has written for many others.  In particular, please reference  "Jazz and Blues Musicians of South Carolina" (by Dr. Benjamin Franklin, University of South Carolina Press) and "Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas" (Ann Wicker, editor, Novello Press).   


IT'S OFFICIAL!...Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley decreed March 27 to be "Gary Erwin / Shrimp City Slim Day" in the Holy City.  In addition, he was inducted into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame in 2017.  


Originality, energy, total love for the music and nonstop advocacy...says it all.  Thanks for checking in.


And here are a few photos, some nice memories ...