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2016 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season - November 30, 2015

Every Thursday beginning March 31, 2016 and running through the end of October. Get your tickets at or call 843 722 1112.

February gigs in Mexico - November 28, 2015

The love affair with Mexico continues. Ever since attending La Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla in 1971-1972, I've had a fixation with our neighbor to the South and have made many return visits to virtually every part of that amazing country.

My only gigging in Mexico was during those school years (unnamed band with Frank Corkrum on acoustic guitar, Raford Rogers on flutes and whistles, and sometimes Lee Joffe on vocals...all original songs but we never recorded) AND a week of gigs in Guadalajara a decade or so ago - blues with a heavy emphasis on material from "Gone With the Wind" and lots of Chicago stuff.

This time around, I am playing two solo shows: Saturday, February 6 at Ruta 61 (Mexico DF) and Friday, February 12 at Cafe Cultural La Nueva Babel in Oaxaca.

Very excited to say the least. If you are anywhere nearby, please stop in and say hi :)

Now available: hard copy CDs of "Transatlantic Blues Project" - October 6, 2015

The tour was a big success and now we have a limited number of hard copy CDs of the new release "Transatlantic Blues Project" (live in Poland, October 2012). Pick one up at a gig (import price, $20).

Poznan (PL) tonight - September 10, 2015

The Transatlantic Blues Project tour is going great. Tonight, we are a the BaRock Club in Poznan, our fourth of twelve gigs in Poland. Tomorrow Fr Sept 11 is the Boogie Bar in Pila and then Sat 12 we do a concert at the District Museum in historic Kaliscz. I am also looking forward to the shows in Germany. And of course to going home :) ! Thanks to Jacek and Green Grass for organizing this leg of the journey. Have you heard the CD yet?

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises extended into December - August 10, 2015

Friends, we have added Thurs Dec 3, Thurs Dec 10 to our blues & BBQ harbor cruise schedule for this year. These will be slightly earlier hours due to daylight savings time. Tickets, per usual, at or call 843 722 1112.

Don't forget our "Holiday Parade of Boats" blues cruise on Sat Dec 12!

"Artist Spotlight" in Post & Courier today - July 16, 2015

Thanks to Abigail Darlington & the Charleston Scene (Charleston Post & Courier, our daily newspaper) for the plug in today's paper:

Three big harbor cruises this 4th of July Weekend! - July 2, 2015

Thurs July 2 and Fri July 3 on the "Carolina Queen" (City Marina, Lockwood Dr) and Sat July 4 (sold-out). Tickets still available for today and tomorrow only. Full band, Home Team BBQ does the food, cash bar, two-hour sunset cruise.

Call 843 722 1112 or go on-line

Congratulations to Drink Small on his NEA award - June 12, 2015

Well, you've surely heard by now - Drink Small, South Carolina's blues legend (born 1933), has just been awarded the national folk heritage award by the National Endowment for the Arts. Details at This is America's highest honor bestowed on traditional artists and we can't think of anyone more deserving.

Drink's "Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!", released first on cassette in 1988, was our debut release on Erwin Music (the label). It was nominated for a WC Handy Award (now known as BMAs) in that year and has gotten rave reviews and airplay everywhere.

Featuring incredibly vivid performances from 1987-89 in Charleston, this GREAT live album can be auditioned and downloaded (or even purchased in hard-copy form) at
Way to go, Blues Doc!!!!

New Blues & BBQ Cruise video - May 26, 2015

Thanks to Tom Crawford and ABC News 4 for this great spot on our weekly Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises in Charleston, SC. Watch:

Piano blues every Tuesday in Charleston, SC - May 4, 2015

shrimp City Slim every Tuesday evening @ How Art Thou? Cafe on Maybank Hwy (James Island - in the Terrace Theater shopping center), 730-930 pm, acoustic grand piano, great wine list, craft beers, delicious tapas, and no cover.

NEW Blues Brunches in Charleston, SC - March 31, 2015

Shrimp City Slim (blues piano/vocals) now playing Saturday brunches at How Art Thou? Cafe on James Island semi-regularly - take a look at 'Calendar' for dates.

Thanks to the Free Times (Columbia, SC) for the interview - March 25, 2015

Promoting next week's solo gig at Utopia Food & Spirits. Thanks, Jordan Lawrence and staff!

Big Bridge Run Blues weekend March 27-29 - March 24, 2015

Charleston's Bridge Run weekend gonna be 110%!

Fri 27, 5-8 pm: SCS band does 'Taste of the Bridge Run' @ Maritime Center (CHS)
Sat 28, 10 am-2 pm: SCS band & guests @ Mills House (115 Meeting St., courtyard)
Sat 28, 10 pm-1 am: SCS band @ Mac's Place (215 East Bay St. downtown)
Sun 29, noon-6 pm: Lowcountry Cajun Festival (James Island County Park)

See you at the shows!

Europe - March 14, 2015

Going back to Europe in September...Polish tour with Green Grass (that's our live CD "Transatlantic Blues Project", recorded in Bydgoszcz, October 2012 - have a listen at ): confirmed dates in Gdansk, Torun, Bydgoszcz, Ostromecko, and more to follow. Also doing a couple of solo gigs in Germany on the way home. Watch these pages for updates.

Thanks to Charleston City Paper for the article - February 12, 2015

Kelly Rae Smith & the Charleston City Paper (Charleston, SC) did a nice job this week - thanks very much!

For those who miss the Lowcountry Blues Bash... - January 10, 2015

Don't miss three historic days of blues this year February 13-15 in the courtyard of the legendary Mills House Hotel on Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. A free concert series, much as we used to orchestrate during the twenty-two (22) years of the Lowcountry Blues Bash (1991-2012). Great regional and national artists t.b.a. We will announce more HERE and also on our new Facebook page.

Upstate gigs / 2015 Blues & BBQ Cruise season / new songs - January 8, 2015

Happy to say that I'll be back in the South Carolina Upstate for some solo gigs:
Wed Feb 18: venue t.b.c. (Aiken?)
Thurs Feb 19, 7 pm: Greenville, SC (Dr. Mac Arnold's Blues Restaurant)
Fri Feb 20: venue t.b.c. (Edgefield?)
Sat Feb 21: Greenwood, SC (private party)

Our 2015 Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season begins Thursday, April 9 in Charleston, SC and runs every Thursday through the end of the year. We sail on "Carolina Queen" from the City Marina on Lockwood Dr. Home Team BBQ does the food, cash bar, 2-hour cruise. A lot of fun! Tickets: 843 722 1112 or
Working on a batch of new songs for a possible 2015 release with the working title "Tidal Pool". Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! - December 23, 2014

Thanks, everyone, for a great 2014. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Upstate South Carolina once again - November 30, 2014

We're making a foray back into the western part of the state this coming weekend:

Fri Dec 5, 4 pm: On the air with Anne Eller, WCRS 1450 AM, Greenwood, SC (listen worldwide at; 530 pm solo at Flynn's on Maxwell (wine-tasting, Greenwood, SC); then finally 830 pm Howard's on Main (Greenwood, SC; trio).

Sat Dec 6, 7 pm: Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC.

Both of the above with John Clam Chop Etheridge, drums, and Juke Joint Johnny, harp).

Then over to Columbia on Sun Dec 7 to track piano for Rev. Marv Ward's new CD.

Looking forward!

Shrimp back on the radio? - November 14, 2014

"Blues in the Night" (Public Radio 1984-2001), "Blue Monday" (The Breeze Radio Network 1996-1999, "Nothin' But the Blues" (WVVO 910 AM, early 1990s), and "Blues on The Bridge" (five years, early in this millenium) were all blues radio productions of Gary Erwin / Shrimp City Slim.

We are currently discussing some ideas of returning the blues to the radio - Charleston-based and also internet - with several broadcasting entities involved. If anything happens, it would be in early 2015. Please stay tuned for more news.

Mid-Atlantic Tour November 16-23 - November 12, 2014

Seven shows in the Mid-Atlantic, working with Eric Selby (drums) and occasionally Billy Thompson (guitar) and Michelle Lucas (bass) (please see the Billy Thompson Band, Dates and venues at 'Calendar'.

Blues returns to Florence, SC this Sat 11/1 - October 27, 2014

Our Blues Stage at the Pecan Festival runs from 1130 am to 430 pm and features performances by a bevy of regional artists. The Hartness & Charles Project, Norman Taylor, The Blues Buckets, Rev. Marv Ward Duo, Shrimp City Slim all slated to perform. This is part of the South Carolina Pecan Festival. The stage will be situated in the plaza on the 100 block of S. Dargan St (between Evans and Cheves), downtown Florence. Allow time to navigate. The Pecan Fest is huge! See you there.

Extending Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise season - September 24, 2014

Public interest has been so strong this year that we are rolling on a few more Thursdays into November - 6,13,20, and a special Fri 28 (Thanksgiving) cruise AND Thurdays Dec 4,11,18. Also don't forget the Holiday Parade of Boats on Sat Dec 13. Get your tickets at the usual places: or call 843 722 1112.

"Transatlantic Blues Project" CD now on CD Baby - September 21, 2014

This is the entire show, recorded intact start-to-finish (we had an opening act), October 27, 2012 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Listen/download/purchase hard copy CDs at

Out-of-town - August 22, 2014

Solo show back in Long Island on Sunday August 31 at Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor, NY). Mid-Atlantic mini-tour November 16-23 with confirmed gigs in VA / MD / WV, working with Eric Selby (drums) and Billy Thompson (guitar). More dates t.b.a.
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