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WEB-ONLY CD SALE ! SPECIAL PRICES / LIMITED TIME - August 18, 2013

ERWIN MUSIC, our family music "label" (since 1988) has been your source for interesting blues & roots music in South Carolina & beyond!
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For A LIMITED TIME ONLY, we are offering a SPECIAL SALE on PHYSICAL/HARD COPY CDS for visitors to this website. These are primarily titles from our back catalog - still GREAT MUSIC and a REAL EXPERIENCE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA BLUES/ROOTS REALITY! A real price break for those who still want to hold a CD in their hand!

ALL TITLES ONLY US$7.00 EA POSTPAID (overseas, please add US$3.00 per unit). Check or money order payable to Gary Erwin, PO Box 13525, Charleston, SC 29422 USA. Please allow 2-3 three weeks for delivery by US Post.

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THIS SALE APPLIES TO THE FOLLOWING TITLES / PHYSICAL CDs (*indicates in plastic jewel box / all others in cardboard jackets):

SHRIMP CITY SLIM
Gone With the Wind*
Blue Palmetto*
I Work Nights*
Ancestor Worship: The Boston Sessions 1980-83)*
Highway 17: Lowcountry Blues Live

WANDA JOHNSON
Call Me Miss Wanda
Natural Resource
Hold What You Got

DRINK SMALL
Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!

TONY & COMPANY (gospel)
Deeply Rooted*

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MANY OTHER ERWIN MUSIC TITLES are available for digital download on CD Baby by artists like SHELLY WATERS (physical CD also), PAUL KERSHAW & THE BAYOU RAMBLERS, BIG DADDY PATTMAN, RANDY CROWE, BIG BOY HENRY, WALTER "LIGHTNIN' BUG" RHODES, and more.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Bluesy summer! - August 3, 2013

It's been a rainy but slightly cooler summer (think 80s instead of mid-90s!) here in the Lowcountry...lots of outdoor gigs at places like the Aqua Terrace @ The Charleston Marriott, Brick House Kitchen on James Island, Freshfields Village, and of course the Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises. Needless to say, we're looking forward to the fall and a drop in temperature.

By the way, the line-up for the 17th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, October 3-5, Camden, SC is now finished and should be posted shortly at www.bluesbash.com/camden It's gonna be a barn-burner!

Two new venues this weekend for the solo show - July 19, 2013

TONIGHT July 19, 8 pm: Tru Blue's House of Wings (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Sat July 20, 8 pm: Bill's Pickin' Parlor (Columbia, SC)
Hope to see you there!

13th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise a whopper! - July 14, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out to Greenwood, SC this past weekend for the 13th annual Blues Cruise and Festival of Discovery. If you missed it, check out www.greenwoodbluescruise.com Record crowds, good weather (except for a sprinkle here & there), ninety-three (93) BBQ teams, and great performances by a big roster of blues artists made this a weekend to remember. We are planning #14 now for July 2014...wow!

"Star Marina" on Midwestern radio - June 21, 2013

Thanks to Linda, WEMU-FM (Eastern Michigan University), for firing up 'Star Marina' and 'Qu'est-ce Que C'est?" on her morning blues program.

Record crowds for Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises - June 7, 2013

As you might know, the SCS band plays live every Thursday on the 'Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise' in Charleston, SC harbor. Aboard "Carolina Belle" which departs from the Charleston Maritime Center (near the SC Aquarium). Live blues, Home Team BBQ buffet, two-hour harbor cruise, and cash bar make for an unbeatable way to celebrate the beautiful waterfront. A good time guaranteed! We do this all the way through October.

Crowds have been strong and we urge you to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit www.charlestonharbortours.com or call and talk to a human being at 843-722-1112. Tickets are reasonable (all-in $39.95 per adult) and group rates are available. Please inquire.

See you on the Belle sometime soon!

Full summer schedule - May 30, 2013

Summer, 2013, is packed with fun dates. Please check out "Calendar" on this site. Of special note: 13th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise, July 11-13, Greenwood, SC. www.greenwoodbluescruise.com

Radio airplay for "Star Marina" - April 30, 2013

Starting to happen...thanks to the following stations already playing tracks from "Star Marina": KPFT (Houston, TX); Radio RCC (Umbertide, Italy); KTEP (El Paso, TX, WQLN (Erie, PA).

"Big Meal at Midnight" added to radio playlist in Italy - April 29, 2013

"Big Meal at Midnight" from 'Star Marina' now can be heard on 'Rock 'n' Blues Today', hosted by Simone Bargelli on Radio RCC, Umbertide (PG), Italy. Grazie, Simone!

"Star Marina" reviewed in Blues & Rhythm magazine (UK) - April 29, 2013

In the May 2013 issue of venerable British blues magazine Blues & Rhythm, Norman Darwen says of "Star Marina": "After last year's impressionistic 'Rio Angie', reviewed in B&R #274, "Star Marina" finds Shrimp City Slim back with the blues - albeit of a quirky and distinctive type...Gary has adopted a far wider remit than most American artists and, with the backing of a tight little band that includes some of his regular accompanists such as guitarist Silent Eddie Phillips and harmonica man Chuck "The Cat" Morris, has turned in a very likeable, enjoyable, entertaining CD!"

More airplay / Virgin Islands - April 28, 2013

Thanks to Doug Lewis @ WVGN 107.3 FM, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for adding "The Starlite Room" from "Star Marina" to his playlist!

9th annual Blues By the Sea was a hit! - April 16, 2013

Thanks to our artists: BILLY BOY ARNOLD, Billy Flynn, Frankie's Blues Mission, Shelly Waters Band, and Professor Bottleneck & Harmonica Frank for the spectaculous show Sunday, April 14 at Freshfields. We had one of our biggest crowds; the weather held, and the music was absolutely spellbinding. Thanks in particular to the legend BILLY BOY ARNOLD whose impeccably-crafted deep blues at low volume was almost trance-inducing. Kudos to Frank Lee Robinson (guitar), Kurt (bass), Al (drums), and Billy Flynn (guitar) for being so beautifully understated behind Billy Boy. A day to remember! Mark your calendar now for our next one...10th annual - Sunday, April 13, 2014!

Mayor's proclamation covered in this week's Charleston City Paper - April 3, 2013

Thanks to Chris Haire & the City Paper (Wed 4/3 edition) for mentioning March 27's "Gary Erwin / Shrimp Slim Day" in Charleston and the proclamation given by Mayor Joe Riley on that day. Thanks to Bill Blizard, Solange Belle for organizing the award and to all the friends who came down to City Hall for the rite of passage. I'm still floored.

New CD ratings from Barcelona - April 1, 2013

Acclaimed blues deejay Vicente Zumel and his program "La Hora del Blues" now has both "Star Marina" and Shelly Waters' "Swamp Pop Princess" and has given both 3 1/2 stars (out of possible five).
Airplay soon.

Shelly Waters CD available on line - March 21, 2013

Check it out
www.cdbaby.com/shellywaters I think you will like it!

"Blues Monday" resumes every week in Charleston - March 19, 2013

Solo and back at the Med Bistro in South Windermere. 6-9 pm, no cover.
Venue info: www.themedbistro.com Resumes Monday March 25. See you there!

Shelly Waters' "Swamp Pop Princess" to be released next week - March 9, 2013

South Louisiana siren Shelly Waters' debut "Swamp Pop Princess" (12 original songs; SCS, keys; Clam Chop Etheridge, drums, and lots of guest musicians) will be in and available next week. Watch for on-line sales at Amazon and CD Baby. We KNOW you're gonna love this one :)

"Star Marina" (the new CD) is here! - February 12, 2013

Now available at all gigs. On www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com within days. Thanks!

Balcony TV - February 11, 2013

SCS and Shelly Waters recorded video for 'Balcony TV' today - Charleston branch does production at Morgan Creek Grill (IOP). SCS performed "Big Meal at Midnight" from the new 'Star Marina' album and Shelly (with SCS on piano) did "Living on a Memory" (from "Swamp Pop Princess". These clips should be up & running soon at www.balconytv.com Check it out - cool int'l music video site.

SCS and Shelly (with band) also slated for The Music Initiative's "Eclectic Evenings" series with a show upcoming Tues March 26 at The Royal American in downtown Charleston, SC. (TMI handles BTV in our area). 730 pm show - also being video-ed (with interview)! woo hoo - see you there.

Lowcountry Blues Bash - thanks for the memories - February 7, 2013

After twenty-two editions (1991-2012), I'm/We're moving on to other projects and interests. Thanks for your interest and attendance through the years...we certainly had the 'who's who' of blues here during Blues Bash times AND in those important years before (1985-1991) with all the great 'early' Lowountry Blues concerts. Too many great and magnificent memories to list here.

See you at the upcoming 'stuff' - don't be afraid to join us in other towns. Ain't nothing but a trip up the road.

And you can count on Shrimp City Slim and everyone I work with...we have a lot of new songs, more things to say, and a lot more miles to go.

Peace Love Blues,

Gary/SCS

Positive review of "Rio Angie" in latest Living Blues magazine (issue #223, February 2013) - January 31, 2013

Thanks very much to Stephen A. King and the crew at Living Blues for the review of "Rio Angie" in the new Living Blues, received today.

Acknowledging that "Rio Angie" is not really a blues album, King opines "if piano music is your thing, then go ahead and pick up a copy of "Rio Angie". And "pristine piano solos", "beautiful melody on 'Stairs' - you will be moved to press repeat on this one", etc. Nice words! thanks again.

Page 47-48 of aforementioned issue. And a nice color photo of the CD cover.

If you don't already subscribe to Living Blues (America's venerable blues magazine, the oldest in our nation), please do - it is ESSENTIAL. www.livingblues.com
All of us who have been into this music for decades have been steady supporters of LB. Please join us.

New Charleston venue - January 24, 2013

A bunch of shows booked April to September, solo and in duo with Shelly Waters, at the Aqua Terrace, Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Dr. Fantastic location, cool place to hang out. Gigs are 7-10 pm, various Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. See Calendar.

"Star Marina" is a wrap! - January 18, 2013

Fourteen songs - all originals, of course. Great band, great singers, great studio. Tentative release date: February 12. We think you will like it!

Mixing "Star Marina" now - January 15, 2013

The new 14-song album should be done this week. Expected release: mid-February. Available at shows, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com

Songlist for new CD "Star Marina" - December 31, 2012

Here are the fourteen (14) tracks that have made the cut for "Star Marina". All are Shrimp City Slim/Gary Erwin originals. *indicates instrumental

STAR MARINA
DESPERATELY OLD-FASHIONED
QU'EST-CE QUE C'EST?
BIG MEAL AT MIDNIGHT
HOUSE OF THE DWARF*
THE STARLITE ROOM
I'M ALL EARS
THE CHICKEN WAS GOOD
ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
MY FAVORITE VOLCANO
LOADED BISCUIT
(WE SHOULD BE) NAKED
TIME TO WALK AWAY
METRO MERCED*

We anticipate a February 15 release!
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