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Poland/Czech Republic tour dates now fixed - March 25, 2009

18 gigs in July/August with Wanda Johnson, backed by Blues Doctors (band from Ostrow Wielkopolski). Tour dates in the Calendar.

SCS/Wanda Johnson song to be used in TV show - March 18, 2009

Just confirmed: 'Finally Home'' (SCS composition), from Wanda Johnson's first CD', is going to be used in an upcoming episode of the hit TV show ''Army Wives'. We will post episode and date when known.

Return to China - March 14, 2009

We're back at MacauSoul (in Macau, SAR, China) this Thurs 19 through Sun 29. Juke Joint Johnny is joining us this time. Should be another amazing experience. Thanks again to David Hartung for the super photos!

RIP Mimi's Cafe - March 5, 2009

Wow, thinking of all the incredible gigs we had at Mimi's Cafe, 1241 Harborview Rd., Charleston (James Island). Bad enough that the Duffy sisters sold out at the end of 2008 to The Boathouse. Now tragedy: the building burned at 1 am this morning, less than three weeks since The Boathouse took over and went into business. I happened to drive by this afternoon, not aware of what happened last night, and was shocked to see the ruins of Mimi's with TV trucks hovering outside. Great memories; another legendary venue is gone.

Shrimp City Slim to play Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises on Charleston Harbor - March 5, 2009

Check out the Calendar - every two weeks, starting April 30 through the summer & early fall. Great BBQ by Fiery Ron's Hometeam BBQ, hot blues with the SCS band.

Post-Courier review of Feb 14 Blues Bash concert - February 19, 2009

Devin Grant was there and dug it. Check out his review at

Work begins on new CD - February 19, 2009

Polishing up new songs & beginning rehearsals now for new CD release - later this year. Stay tuned for details.

SCS and Wanda Johnson on top of Twoj Blues' 9th annual Readers' Poll - February 17, 2009

Twoj Blues magazine (Chorzow, Poland; the 'Living Blues' of Poland) has released the results of their 9th annual Readers' Poll:

(International Category)
#2 Wanda Johnson: Hold What You Got
(#1 Buddy Guy: Skin Deep)

(International Category)
#2 Shrimp City Slim/Gary Erwin
(#1 Honey Piazza)

(International Category)
#1 Wanda Johnson
(#2 Koko Taylor, #3 Sharrie Williams)

(International Category)
#2 Wanda Johnson
(#1 Homemade Jamz)

#1 Blues Doctors (our backing band in Poland)


Special band for tomorrow night at Petit Journal Montparnasse - January 20, 2009

Should be a great night: Mauro Serri (guitar), Simon "Shuffle" Boyer (drums), Thibaut Chopin (bass) join SCS for an all-star evening of blues at Le Petit Journal in Paris' 14th.

Tour going great. Back to Suisse-Normandie on Thursday - gigs in Alencon and Reveillon before returning to Paris to close out the trip with a Sun Jan 25 gig in Bougival. Please check "Calendar" for more info.

Blue Light Special to reunite at Piccolo Spoleto - January 15, 2009

1989-2009 - twenty years since Hurricane Hugo and twenty years since the band previously known as The Battery Boys (so named for the May 1989 tour of Colombia, South America) became Blue Light Special. Reunion gig Sat May 30 at A Dough Re Mi Pizza in Mt Pleasant. Tickets 15 dollars and avail soon at All or most of original members!

Happy New Year to everyone! - December 30, 2008

Hope 2009 is everything you want it to be. And hope to see you at a gig or two this year!

Guestbook turned off - December 15, 2008

After an absolute BLIZZARD of spam, we've had to turn off the Guestbook on this site. If you want to reach us, please do so through the normal channels. Thanks.

Poland tour - a memorable experience - December 6, 2008

Wanda Johnson & SCS are back from 16 shows in Poland and one at the Blues Alive! festival in Sumperk, Czech Republic. A great trip. Wanda also made the cover of 'Twoj Blues' magazine (Poland's national blues publication)...check it out at and click on 'Twoj Blues'.

Hope to see everyone in Greenville and Anderson next weekend. Blues Bash 2009 coming together...schedule and line-up will be released very soon.

Tour of Poland with Wanda Johnson going great - November 18, 2008

We are five gigs into our 17-show tour, traversing all of Poland and even one gig in Czech Republic (the colossal Blues Alive! festival in Sumperk). We are being backed by The Blues Doctors (local band from Ostrow Wielopolski). Audiences are very receptive and several promoters have already asked when the next tour is. I will be meeting some of my Dad's distant family on November 28 at the show in Torun. Playing in Poland has been a lifelong dream for me. Thanks to Twoj Blues magazine and the entire Matysik family!

New YouTube stuff from Shrimp City Slim & Dr. Pickup - November 8, 2008

We've just posted some new stuff from our Nov 3 gig at the Utopia in Paris: versions of "See See Rider" (Chuck Willis), "Drifting Blues" (Charles Brown), "Her Mind is Gone" (Professor Longhair), etc. Check it out! and punch in 'Shrimp City Slim'.

A Dough Re Mi Pizza (Mt Pleasant, SC) cancels all live music - November 5, 2008

One of Charleston's live music mainstays, The Dough, is having to cancel all live show immediately due to a downturn in the economy. Tuesday blues jam and karaoke stay. All Dough shows have been deleted from our Calendar here. Please note.

Wanda Johnson to be profiled in Living Blues - October 28, 2008

Our fabulous vocalist Wanda Johnson will be the subject of a feature article in the Dec/Jan issue of Living Blues. Watch for it - gonna feature some vintage photos. Interview by Scott Bock.

Europe, here we come! - October 28, 2008

Our stint at MacauSoul was wonderful & we're already looking at a return in 2009.

I will be back in Paris Oct 31-Nov 6 doing some gigs with Dr. Pickup. Then Wanda Johnson & I head to Poland on Nov 10 for 17 shows, using a local back-up band.

Gotta love that jet lag. See you in December.

Camden website is up & running! - September 6, 2008 will give you the full details for the 12th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, October 2-4, in Camden, SC

New (old) pics added to Photo Gallery - September 6, 2008

1972 and 1980 pics from Boston...woo hoo!

Tropical Storm Hanna should not affect Pawleys Island gig on Saturday night - September 5, 2008

So we will see you there!

Southern Comfort back in as name sponsor of Lowcountry Blues Bash! - September 4, 2008

Confirmed today, "SoCo" is back in for the third year - 19th annual Bash will be February 6-15, 2009 in Charleston. Woo hoo!

Tropical Storm Fay having effect on St. Augustine gigs this weekend - August 21, 2008

Weekend at A1A Aleworks ("Gator Trio") regrettably cancelled due to heavy weather and dangerous driving. See you in October!

French tour going great...Cognac festival with Wanda a major success! - July 29, 2008

Wanda and the band knocked 'em out at Cognac Blues Passions this past weekend. Check out for Jocelyn Richez's review.

Five gigs left for me in metro Paris with Dr. Pickup this week. Please note: added Wed 30 July at Charlie Birdy in Belvedere. Hope to see you there!

Line-up complete for Carolina Downhome Blues Festival - July 23, 2008

...October 2-4 in Camden. Will be posted soon at If you would like more info, pls send us an email at
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