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Back in France - March 7, 2007

Having a good time...first gig was a 4-hour blues show in a tropical music disco (zouk, soukous, reggaeton, merengue, etc.) in Reims, capital of champagne country. A wee bit incongruous (like a lot of "blues" gigs over here) but folks dug it. Second show at the legendary blues club Utopia Wednesday night...a small but enthusiastic crowd. Amazing to play a small club that once hosted the likes of Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Luther Allison, Mickey Baker, et. al.
Tonight, " we're back down at the Centre Tcheque" ("Depart/Arrive" from 'Dark Road Piano'), Fri March 7, showtime 830 pm Rue Bonaparte No. 18 in St. Germain.

17th annual Blues Bash a big success - February 18, 2007

Thanks to everyone for your support. Attendance was noticeably 'up' this year and our 43 artists did a great job. Pls keep an eye on the Calendar for more upcoming fests in the area.

SCS on NPR's "Whad'ya Know?" - February 3, 2007

SCS will perform one or two songs on the nationally-broadcast "Michael Feldman's 'Whad'ya Know?', staged and aired Saturday, February 10, 11 am-1 pm, LIVE from the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC, during the Blues Bash. Whoo-hoo!

New pics from Italian tour (11/06) - January 23, 2007

We've got some new photos in the Photo Gallery from the tour with Chocolate Thunder. Pls take a look. Silent Eddie Phillips (guitar) and LaMont Garner (drums) are mainstays of the current SCS line-up.

About the radio show - January 14, 2007

Listeners may wonder, "Where is "Blues on The Bridge" (WCOO 105.5 FM, Charleston)? (last show: 12/18/06). Good question. I won't go into it other than there are lots of problems (technical and otherwise) inside the station. The show is on hold until such time that management can get a grip on things. Get XM.

Happy New Year! - January 2, 2007

Thanks to everyone for their friendship and support in 2006. A toast & wish that 2007 is even better for everyone! Some big news coming soon...

SCS and Wanda Johnson in Italian blues book - November 30, 2006

Edoardo "Catfish" Fassio includes a nice write-up on SCS and Wanda Johnson in his fascinating new book, "Blues", published (in Italian) by Editori Laterza (Roma), pages 212-213. Find out more about the book at

SCS returns to France in March, 2007 - November 10, 2006

SCS will do a short tour in early March, 2007, working again with Dr. Pickup ( Newly added dates include shows in Paris and Bois d'Arcy. More to come. To book, please contact French agent:

New sponsor for 2007 Lowcountry Blues Bash - November 8, 2006

We are delighted to announce that "Southern Comfort", the legendary drink of champions, will be the name sponsor for the 17th annual Lowcountry Blues Bash, February 9-18, 2007 in Charleston, SC.

Spanish review of "Dark Road Piano" - November 3, 2006

Vicente Harmonica Zumel, of the respected "La Hora del Blues" (radio program and Internet site) says of DRP: "A real lover of the most orthodox, hot, intense, savage blues you could imagine...In this CD, he pays a tasteful homage to all the piano players who influenced him. You will find Sunnyland Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Pete Johnson, Fats Domino, and Professor Longhair. Fifteen new songs by one of the best representatives of "Lowcountry blues". Can you really afford to miss out on this one? Rating: GREAT."

SCS ringtones available - September 24, 2006

Wanna really be annoying in that special PUBLIC place? Get a free SCS ringtone for your cell phone (choose from all 20 songs on "I Work Nights").

Thanks to WNCW-FM & New River Fest - September 4, 2006

Thanks to Kim & Dennis of WNCW for the interview and live-on-air with Wanda Johnson & SCS on Fri Sept 1 (on our way to the New River Blues Festival). Every community should have a WNCW: eclectic community radio station. You can listen at
And of course big thanks to Rob & Penny (The King Bees) and Donovan Murray for a GREAT first-ever New River Blues Festival. Hope to see you next year! View

Blues Revue takes a "Dark Road" - September 4, 2006

BR (Oct/Nov '06) kicks back and enjoys a ride with "Dark Road Piano". They say, "Another aspect of solo piano-vocal blues...sonics are good and the compositions are solid, especially the in-the-wake-of-the-hurricane tribute "Go Back to New Orleans", the thought-provoking "(We Should Be) Naked", and the en-espanol blues "Esta Casa Azul".

Quote of the Week - August 25, 2006

From the Ink Is Ink Dept.: Referring to the gig tomorrow with Wanda Johnson at Doc's Gumbo Grill in Columbia, SC, Otis Taylor, music writer for The State (, chose us as one of his Picks of the Week (Three Shows to See).
He says, "Shrimp City Slim brings you the type of blues that is so soft you don't even need a knife to cut it."
Free butter pats all around!

Circular Church CD $ to New Orleans - August 14, 2006

Thanks to everyone at Circular Church who bought copies of "Dark Road Piano" CD yesterday (with the song 'Go Back to New Orleans'). FYI total $205 has been sent to the Tipitinas Foundation (musicians' relief) in New Orleans. Check them out at

"Blues on The Bridge" back on the air - August 3, 2006

A few technical problems but Sundays 8-10 pm (SCS's radio show) is back in the groove on WCOO 105.5 FM - blues blues blues. Please tune in and hear some great (and often unique) blues music - Charleston SC north to Georgetown, south to Ashepoo, west to I-95. Peace.

Pocono Blues Fest was great - July 31, 2006

Thanks to Michael Cloeren and his entire crew for having us on the Pocono fest with Wanda Johnson. The show on Friday night 7/28 was a blast. And what a treat to be able to hang with all the other artists. If you haven't been to the Pocono, put it on your must-do list for next year:

"Dark Road Piano" featured on SC Public Radio - July 11, 2006

Roy Scott and "Your Day" radio (statewide SC Educational Radio Network) featured "Dark Road Piano" (interview & music) on 7/10/06, playing "Places I Can't Go No More", "Buy My Music While I'm Still Alive", and (from 1998's "I Work Nights" CD) "I Don't Wanna Be Around". Also spotlighted on the show: Erwin Music releases "Drop in the Bucket" by Wanda Johnson and "Charleston Women Blues" by Drink Small.

European distribution - June 5, 2006

Aside from the usual Internet sources (,, Shrimp City Slim fans in Europe can now get "Highway 17" and "Dark Road Piano" through Crosscut Distribution (Bremen, Germany).

Visiting harmonica celebrities sit in with SCS - May 12, 2006

Something about a "Dark Road Piano" that makes blues harp icons converge on SCS solo gigs. It was great to jam with Lee Oskar (5/10/06 at A Dough Re Mi), Randy McAllister (4/26 at Med Deli), and Dennis Gruenling (several months ago). Great players, great energy. Come back anytime, guys!

Roots Music Report gives "Dark Road Piano" five stars - May 2, 2006

Brenda Barbee, RMR, says, "Remarkably talented blues pianist who readily gets his listeners into the entertaining music you are bound to enjoy! Five stars!"

SCS receives HUHACCM Award - April 30, 2006

SCS was honored as a 2006 Award Recipient by H.U.H.A.C.C.M. (Harlem Unsung Heroes of African American Classical Music), for blues music performance and advocacy, in a ceremony at the Charleston County Public Library (SC) on April 29. Ermitt Williams aka Mr. Blues, presiding.

Bicycle festival chooses "Charleston" as Official Song - April 17, 2006

FestiVELO de Charleston, the Lowcountry's annual international bicycle festival, has chosen "Charleston" (from 'Blues on the Beach', 1994, EM-9401) as its theme song. Listen at: Shrimp City Slim will play the festival on December 1, 2006.

Reviews from Belgium & Germany - April 2, 2006

"Dark Road Piano" is a collection of Lowcountry blues piano songs that make your feet tap, body shake, and put your mind at ease." - Billy Bop Magazine (Brugge, Belgium)

"A little Fats Waller, some Randy Newman, and a good dose of boogie-woogie and ragtime...fifteen original songs that don't get tiring, featuring some great lyrics." - Blues News (Germany)

New reviews for "Dark Road Piano" - March 31, 2006

"Uniquely listenable...a flawless, exciting blues pianist who knows how to hammer the keys until his audiences respond." - Arthur Shuey (Blues Source)

"He has a mastery of the older styles and a knowledge of the more modern 'singer/songwriter' style presently popular in the contemporary blues scene. Here, he mixes the two intelligently in a programme of fifteen original numbers...a nicely different CD." - Norman Darwen (Blues & Rhythm, UK)
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