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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 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,


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.
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,,

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


We anticipate a February 15 release!

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.
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