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SCS on YouTube - September 5, 2007

SCS band (SCS, keys/vocals; LaMont Garner, drums; Silent Eddie Phillips, guitar; Juke Joint Johnny, harmonica) live at the Charleston County Library, February 14, 2007 (part of the 17th annual Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqt1CsKRHZA

RIP Kip Anderson - August 30, 2007

A really nice man, a South Carolina music treasure, and an inspiration, pianist/singer/composer/recording artist Kip Anderson passed away on August 28 after a sudden illness.

Kip's first record was "I Want to Be the Only One" (Savoy, 1958), which coincidentally featured a shredding guitar solo by Drink Small, another South Carolina gem (still on the scene: www.drinksmallblues.com).

Kip also recorded for Chess, Excello, Fire/Fury, Ichiban, and other labels. Lots of ups & downs (like everyone else) but active all his life. Festival appearances all across America and Europe, etc. His music was a beautiful blend of blues, R&B, and gospel.

What's really strange is that I called Kip on the phone the night he passed (first time we spoke in a month or so), to discuss details for his upcoming shows at the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden. He was in great spirits and really looking forward to the fest.

The last time I saw Kip was at his regular gig at the Grey House restaurant in his hometown of Starr, SC (Wanda Johnson led me over there...way out in the country). He let me sit down a play a couple and, for some reason, I chose "Buy My Music While I'm Still Alive". Kip really liked the message and asked if he could record it, adding 'that's a really sad song'.

Guess it won't happen.

Kip, thank you for your music and enjoy your time in heaven with the angels and saints. You will be greatly missed.

Ladies and gentlemen, another giant has fallen. Amen.

Camden blues fest website updated for 2007 - August 30, 2007

11th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Camden, SC, Oct 4-6. One of the SE's best and truest blues festivals. Take a look at the webpage for full info:
www.bluesbash.com/camden

Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash 2008 - August 13, 2007

We're pleased to announce that SOUTHERN COMFORT, the legendary Southern liquor (created in New Orleans in the late 1800s), is, once again, our name sponsor for Charleston, SC's 10-day blues festival, Lowcountry Blues Bash, the 18th annual of which will be February 8-17, 2008; venues all around Charleston. Schedule/line-up soon to come at www.bluebash.com

Reunion gig for Barbara - August 8, 2007

The SCS band circa 2001-2004 (Silent Eddie Phillips, guitar/vocals; Chuck the Cat Morris, harp/vocals; John Turbo Etheridge, drums; SCS, keys/vocals) did an impromptu reunion gig last night at Mimi's Creekside, for the pleasure of our friend Barbara Peterson, who is seriously ill, her husband Mike and their family.

It was the first time this quartet had played together since 10/04.

Tunes included originals ("Call Me in Carolina", "Highway 17", "Ain't No Future in This Town"); some Little Walter ("Just Your Fool"). Chuck sang "Early in the Morning" (Sonny Boy #1) and "Tee Na Nee Na Nu" (Slim Harpo). But the request of the night was Silent Eddie's soulful rendition of Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad".

It was special evening to reflect on all the good times this crowd has had together.

Update on "While We Lie Sleeping" - July 27, 2007

As reported earlier, part of "Amazing Grace" from the 1992 CD 'Gone With the Wind' (harp swing version by Juke Joint Johnny) is a key ingredient in the soundtrack of award-winning filmmaker Monica Sharf's "While We Lie Sleeping", a tribute to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Good news: the film has been accepted into the Los Angeles Short Film Festival (September, 2007). More info at www.inversionfilms.com

"Ties for Tunes" campaign going strong - July 21, 2007

As promoted on ABC News 4's "Lowcountry Live!", bring a funky (neck)tie to a Shrimp gig and get a free CD...plus you will have a 'shout out' on "Lowcountry Live!". Thanks to all our friends who have already arrived with (neck)ties. Remember: funk.

"Reunion" shows this weekend - July 17, 2007

Several alumni of the band will join SCS and Silent Eddie Phillips this weekend:

Fri 7/20, 6-9 pm: Freshfields Village Green, Johns Island. CHUCK THE CAT MORRIS (harp/vocals) returns for a special appearance. Chuck was the leader of Sidewalk Blues in Boston before moving back down South in the late '90s. He can be heard on our CDs "I Work Nights" (1998) and "Highway 17" (2001). Chuck and his wife Ragan recently had their first baby, Oliver. He is also an active painter: www.chuckmorrisart.com
Sat 7/21, 8 pm: A Dough Re Mi Pizza, Mt. Pleasant. DUDLEY BIRCH will play drums & sing. Dudley was a member of the SCS band circa 1995-97 and can be heard on "Blue Palmetto" as well as the single (1995) "Phosphate Woman" b/w "Sticky Fingers". Dudley also had a couple of shag/beach hits under his own name ("Can Let You Go", "Stop, Look My Way").

Greenwood Blues Cruise a gigantic success - July 17, 2007

Hats off to Charlie Barrineau and Angie Jones of Uptown Greenwood Development Corp. for another smashing "Greenwood Blues Cruise" July 12-14. We had a wonderful time playing and eating BBQ. If you want to enjoy some great blues in a true Southern cultural setting, plan to attend this festival next year...July 10-12, 2008. www.greenwoodbluescruise.com for more details.

Dr. Pickup (France) joining SCS for September gigs - July 4, 2007

Dr. Pickup (guitarist/singer Bruce Stringkiller), resident of Paris, France, will return to SC in September, 2007 to perform a series of gigs with SCS & band. Dates/venues t.b.a.
www.drpickup.com

Harp Night at Mimi's - June 13, 2007

It was Adam "Harmonica" Gussow's gig (Adam ex 'Satan & Adam') but a cadre of Lowcountry harp players came out and represented: (in order) Bob Meehan, Rob Posey (of Cotton Blue), Chuck the Cat Morris, and Juke Joint Johnny. All but JJJ jammed with Adam (and SCS on keyboard). A packed night - great comraderie and music. Thanks, Mimi & Monique Duffy, for the use of the venue! When in Charleston, you MUST dine at Mimi's, 1241 Harborview Rd., Charleston, SC 29412 tel 843-795-4090. The Lowcountry's gem...unique, memorable.

Chicago Blues Festival was great - June 11, 2007

Thanks to Barry Dolins and his crew for a great time on the 24th annual Chicago Blues Festival. The SCS band (full 5-pc: SCS, Silent Eddie (guitar), Jerome Griffin (bass), LaMont Garner (drums), Mike Kincaid (sax) backed Wanda Johnson for a rollicking 90-min ride through all-original material. More details at www.wandaj.com

SCS featured on Chicago Blues Festival website - June 6, 2007

Go to www.chicagobluesfestival.us and click on 'What's in a Name?'' SCS & Wanda play the 24th annual Chicago Blues Festival this Saturday, June 9 (1:30-3 pm, Front Porch Stage).

SCS twice a week on TV - May 31, 2007

"Lowcountry Live!" 10-11 am Mon & Wed on ABC News 4 (Charleston, SC)...going great! SCS plays and sings. Special guests recently have included the artists of the Piccolo Spoleto Homegrown Blues Series (Geoff Achison, Juke Joint Johnny & Drew Baldwin, Davis Coen, Congaree, Jeff Norwood, Smoky Weiner & the Hot Links, and more). Tune in!
www.abcnews4.com/lowcountrylive

More harp on the horizon - May 28, 2007

NY-born harmonica tech/wiz Bob Meehan sat in with me tonight at A Dough Re Mi. We had a good round of boogies and slow blues. Bob plays great...and with great taste. Next up: Adam Gussow (the 'Adam' of 'Satan & Adam') rolls into town June 13. We will do "Lowcountry Live!" (TV Ch 4 ABC in Charleston) 10-11 am that day; then Barnes & Noble signing (Mt. Pleasant) at 3 pm; pub gig in the evening venue at our fave Mimi's Creekside on James Island. Adam has a new book coming out on University of TN Press. More at www.youtube.com/kudzurunner Some of y'all might remember those memorable Satan & Adam gigs here in Charleston ten years ago. Amazing stuff.
The harpoonists keep coming!

SCS & Blues Bash featured in UK magazine - May 24, 2007

Photojournalist Peter Ellegard, of the British magazine 'Holiday', has just published a beautiful six-page spread on the 2007 Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash. Photos of Shrimp City Slim, Wanda Johnson, Smoky Weiner, Nappy Brown, Juke Joint Johnny, Baltimore Red & Wayne Werner, Queen Bee Zamagni, Drew Baldwin, and others. Nice stuff. Peter will be posting it on his website and we will soon add a link.

"Amazing Grace" to be used in short film - May 23, 2007

Award-winning filmmaker Monica Sharf has chosen Juke Joint Johnny's harmonica version of "Amazing Grace" (from the 1992 Shrimp City Slim & Blue Light Special CD "Gone With the Wind") as part of the soundtrack for her new short film, "While We Lie Sleeping" (a tribute to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan). The film is slated for release by July 4.
www.inversionfilms.com

Guitar Shorty joins SCS on "Lowcountry Live!" - May 15, 2007

With a couple of days off in Charleston after Blues By the Sea, Guitar Shorty sat in with SCS on "Lowcountry Live!" (TV) on Monday, May 14 to play a couple of 'bumps' into commercials and a torrid version of "Worried Life Blues". Congratulations to Shorty on winning Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis!

Blues Bash Library video now on-line - May 14, 2007

Kevin Crothers, Media Services at Charleston County Public Library, has advised that short video clips are now on-line from the 2007 Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash gigs at the downtown branch. This includes the February 14 appearance of the SCS band featuring Silent Eddie Phillips (guitar), LaMont Garner (drums), and Juke Joint Johnny (harp). Visit www.ccpl.org/media

2007 Summer Festival Season under way - May 1, 2007

See you at the following shows:

NORTH CHARLESTON ARTS FEST
May 7: Chocolate Thunder
May 9: Drink Small
www.northcharleston.org
BLUES BY THE SEA
May 12, Kiawah Island, SC
www.bluesbash.com/kiawah
PICCOLO SPOLETO BLUES SERIES
May 25-June 8, Charleston, SC
www.piccolospoleto.com
GREENWOOD BLUES CRUISE
July 12-14, Greenwood, SC
www.greenwoodbluescruise.com

Thanks for watching "Lowcountry Live!" - April 4, 2007

SCS just his completed third week as "house band" on the popular ABC News 4 TV program in Charleston, SC (every Monday & Wednesday from 10-11 am). Thanks to everyone who has called, emailed and/or come out to the shows. More fun on the way!

FREE tickets for Blues By the Sea - April 3, 2007

We have a limited number of free tickets for "Blues By the Sea" (one-day blues fest, Sat. May 12 at Mingo Point, Kiawah Island, featuring Guitar Shorty, Eddie Kirkland, Skeeter Brandon, Harper). Send self-addressed, stamped envelope & indicate how many tix you want to: SCS, PO Box 13525, Charleston, SC 29422.

Gear Update - March 17, 2007

Thanks to Tony at the Guitar Center (N. Charleston, SC) for the deal on the used Roland FP-3 piano. I look forward to using that on my solo gigs. Great piano sound and touch. Still using Korg Triton (split) for band shows.

SCS to appear regularly on ABC-TV's "Lowcountry Live" - March 15, 2007

Starting March 19, SCS will perform live every Monday and Wednesday (10-11 am) on the wildly popular ABC-TV morning magazine "Lowcountry Live!" (Channel 4, Charleston, SC). These solo appearances will tie in with new solo gigs at Mimi's Creekside, Sesame Grill, A Dough Re Mi etc. (pls see Calendar). Tune in! www.abcnews4.com/lowcountrylive

Last gig in France (this time) - March 11, 2007

The gig at Centre Tcheque was amazing. Big, wild crowd and extended jamming in the cellars below the Czech Embassy. Our friend Kola sat in on guitar and sounded great. Last night, we did a double bill in Bois d'Arcy with Broken Feet, a French band fashioned after the T-Birds, JJ Cale and others. Great sound and lights and a wonderful family-style dinner with the staff and crew before the show. This afternoon, Bruce Stringkiller and I do a duo at the Brasserie des Arts in Rueil; low-key Georgia Tom/Tampa Red sort of thing. And then it's home tomorrow. See you soon at a SC show.
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