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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)

Releasing Drink Small CD - March 26, 2006

A new title to watch for on the Erwin Music label...Thanks to the Arts Council of Richland & Lexington Counties for the quarterly grant to re-release Drink Small's 1988 masterpiece "Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!" on CD. When released on cassette in 1988, this album received a W.C. Handy Award nomination. Now it will finally see the light of day in the Digital Realm. Watch for it May, 2006.

Shrimp City Slim touring with Wanda Johnson - March 19, 2006

Some interesting summer tour dates have been booked for SCS & Wanda Johnson: July 28: Pocono Blues Festival; August 20: Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA) with more to come. Please keep an eye on the Calendar.

Blues Matters (UK): first to review "Dark Road Piano" - February 20, 2006

Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters (UK), is the first to review the new CD. Says, "As much as I enjoyed his last outing, I have to say he has topped it here...smashing piano playing...catchy songs...When you have listened to oh so many sound-alike electric albums, you need a stripped-down refresher - "Dark Road Piano". Thanks, Billy!

RIP Paul Dudley Kershaw 1926-2006 - February 11, 2006

Our great friend, mentor, and musical companion Mr. Kershaw passed away today, one day after his 80th birthday. Paul, we love you and will always cherish the crazy times we had together. Allons a Grand Kaplan!

NEW CD(s) - January 29, 2006

Shrimp City Slim's new solo CD "Dark Road Piano" (15 recent original songs, recorded live to disc one afternoon in an old Charleston church) is slated for release February 1, 2006. Also ready to go: the new CD (her second) by Wanda Johnson -"Natural Resource" (14 songs; 5 by Wanda, 9 by SCS). Release date: February 15. Both projects arrive in time for the 16th annual Bonterra Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston.


The Shrimp City Slim band will be busy this Blues Bash, as always, doing their own shows as well as backing Beverly Guitar Watkins, Wanda Johnson, and Chick "Stoop Down" Willis. The festival band consists of SCS (keys) with Silent Eddie Phillips (guitar), Lamont Garner (drums), Jerome Griffin (bass), Mike Kincaid (sax). The same band on Wanda Johnson's new CD "Natural Resource". Please see Calendar Dates for specifics. The 16th annual Bash in Charleston, SC is February 10-19,
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