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Northeast mini-tour in March, 2013 - December 23, 2012

Going back to Long Island, NY to do a couple or more gigs with Gail Storm (piano/vocals) in a surprising but effective 'dueling blues pianos' format! Tues March 19, Trattoria Grasso (Cold Spring Harbor) and 89 North Music Club (Patchogue, date t.b.c.). Other dates in NJ and upper PA t.b.c.

Two new recording projects underway - December 13, 2012

With a slight let-up in gigging and of course the slowdown during the holidays, we are now working on two new album projects: 1) "Swamp Pop Princess", the debut CD by Louisiana singer Shelly Waters (12 originals) and 2) "Star Marina", a new "band album" for Shrimp City Slim (12-15 originals t.b.d.).

John Clam Chop Etheridge (drums & percussion - bongos, tambourine, claves, house keys, etc.) and I have just finished up nearly a week in the studio tracking the rhythms on almost everything. Laying down vocals and keyboard overdubs now. Other instruments to follow.

Looking at February 2013 release for both albums. Stay tuned!

Professor Bottleneck & Harmonica Frank, 2013 USA Tour - November 16, 2012

April 11-22, 2013 dates in South Carolina & Georgia t.b.a. (latest CD: "Slide Rules")

Lotta fun on the tour and now back home - November 1, 2012

Good to be back. Band gigs, shows with Swamp Pop Shelly and of course solo performances...please check

Back in Bydgoszcz (Poland) for seven gigs on the Blues Festival - October 24, 2012

Working with Jacek Herzberg and his band Green Grass (Andrzej, bass; Robert, drums; Michal, harp). Fun shows thus far in Janikowo and Chelmza. Going on to the big city of Torun tonight.

New video from the Euro tour - October 20, 2012

Cafe de Belsj, Maastricht, Netherlands, October 19, 2012
Thanks to Jos Adriaens

Euro tour off to a good start - October 13, 2012

Just finished second of two gigs at StayOkay on Texel (island), Netherlands. Part of Texel Blues Festival. Great audiences, strong performances with Professor Bottleneck & the Rhythm Twins. Onto Driel NL tomorrow for show at Cafe de Gebroeders. Fun! and the shipwreck whiskey ain't bad either...

New beach/shag collection out now! with two SCS songs - September 22, 2012

"Bring the Beat In" (2012, Patman & Robin Records, 16 tracks) includes Shrimp City Slim's "Good, Good Love" (from "I Work Nights") AND the SCS-penned "It's So Nice to Have Someone", voiced by Wanda Johnson from her "Natural Resource" CD.

Just in time for SOS 2012!

Get it at

European tour (October) now at fourteen (14) shows... - September 11, 2012

...with the addition of McMueller's Pub (Linnich-Kofferen, Germany) on October 14. Tour direction by Rolf Heimann (D, NL) and Jacek Herzberg (PL).

"Rio Angie" NOW on CD Baby - September 8, 2012

"Rio Angie" (solo piano CD) is NEW and in NOW! - September 5, 2012

We think you will like this "other side" of Shrimp City Slim - moody solo piano improvisations on tunes from the early years 1971-1980. Audience reaction has been stupendous.

Available soon on-line at CD Baby and Amazon.

OR get it now and we cover the postage.

Domestic USA: US$10 pp. Send either concealed cash, postal money order, or check. (If writing a check, please allow seven working days to clear).

Overseas, 15 euros concealed cash only. And we cover airmail.

Gary Erwin, POB 13525, Charleston, SC 29422 USA


Upcoming: blues happy hour in downtown Charleston - August 18, 2012

Toast of Charleston (Meeting St & Cumberland St., attached to the Days Inn) will host SCS in a special BLUES HAPPY HOUR six Thursdays in November & December. Check "Calendar" for specific dates.

"Rio Angie" (solo instrumental piano CD) almost ready - August 5, 2012

Eleven songs from 1971-1980, strictly instrumental. Lyrics will be available in 'Music' section of this website. Recorded at Island Sounds (Johns Island, SC) by Steve Green last week. We expect release to be September 1-15. Availability, as usual, at shows, CD Baby, Amazon, etc. Stay tuned!

Two SCS songs to be on new beach music/shag compilation - July 27, 2012

Pat Patterson of Patman & Robin Records has chosen two SCS songs for inclusion on his latest (third) beach/shag compilation, due out in time for September's "S.O.S." (Shagging on the Strand) festval in Myrtle Beach, SC. The tunes are "It's So Nice to Have Someone" from Wanda Johnson's "Natural Resource" CD (2006) and "Good, Good Love" from SCS's own "I Work Nights" (1998). Pat streams a beach/shag show worldwide at Check him out! The CD will be available through his on-line store. Title of compilation t.b.a.

Autumn events booking up now - July 11, 2012

16th annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, October 4-6, Camden, SC.

7th annual American Music Celebration, October 7, Kiawah Island, SC

5th annual Pee Dee Blues Bash, November 3, Florence, SC

Go to those dates at 'Calendar' and see some artists already confirmed.

New venue: Suede Supper Club in Mt Pleasant, SC - June 29, 2012

A fun and unique new venue in metro Charleston : - "Summertime Blues" series every Sunday, 7-10 pm. I played with Juke Joint Johnny & the Hurricanes last Sunday. This Sun July 1 will be Swamp Pop Shelly and then SCS trio on July 8. Come out! Great atmosphere, food, bar, staff and live blues!

Two new albums in preparation - June 17, 2012

Solo (working title "Rio Angie") and band (working title "Star Marina"). More news soon.

Lowcountry Blues Series @ Spoleto - May 22, 2012

Four big club gigs at Mad River Bar & Grille (Charleston, SC / ) : Fri 5/25 Swamp Pop Shelly; Sat 5/26 Hitman; Fri 6/1 Shrimp City Slim; Sat 6/2 Miss Wanda Johnson / and four big blues cruises aboard "Carolina Queen" ( ) make Spoleto Festival 2012 an exciting time for blues in Charleston! See 'Calendar' for more details.

12th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise - May 21, 2012

July 12-14, Greenwood, SC - great line-up for the 12th edition of this FREE blues festival.

"Blues Mondays" at the Med Bistro - May 2, 2012

EVERY Monday, 7-10 pm: SCS solo at this comfortable and artistic bistro/wine bar in West Ashley, Charleston, SC. No cover. Venue info: Come on down and start your week (or wrap up your weekend) right!

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises are back! - April 27, 2012

Weather delayed the start of the season, but here we come...Thursday May 3 - same vessel ("Carolina Belle") at same dock (Charleston Maritime Center). Book: or simply call 843-722-1112 and talk to our friendly sales staff.

8th annual Blues By the Sea was awesome - April 16, 2012

Sugar Ray & the Blue Tones, Lucky & Tamara Peterson (with Shawn Kellerman), Biscuit Miller & the Mix....all absolutely stunning yesterday at our 8th annual BBS. One of the best shows we've had in these parts for a long time! Thanks to everyone, too, for our record attendance. See you next year! to inspect the program.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary - April 2, 2012

This year, 2012, marks twenty-five years as a full-time professional musician. In late summer 1987, I quit my day job and never looked back. Thanks for your support!

The Germans have landed! - March 30, 2012

Professor Bottleneck & Harmonica Frank, from Schalmtal, Germany (near Dutch border), great slide guitar & harmonica duo, arrived last night and are ready to rumble. There will be several band gigs with SCS and Clam Chop on drums, but most are duo shows. Check for specifics. Through April 7.

Three more shows on the Wanda tour - March 22, 2012

Tonight: Sumperk, Czech Republic (double bill with Rosie Ledet), tomorrow: Bratislawa, Slovakia (Living Blues Festival), Sunday: Klub Bogart in Gomunice, Poland. Professor Bottleneck and Harmonica Frank arrive Charleston on Thurs March 30 and off we go for an 8-day tour on our side of the Pond! Blues on...
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