Sunday, July 6, 2014
Gary Erwin, known around the Lowcountry and parts beyond as Shrimp City Slim, is bringing his brand of the blues back to Summerville.
Erwin appeared at Buffalo Wild Wings in Summerville this week, and will perform again Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, from 7-10 p.m., as part of the restaurant’s new live music series.
Erwin, a native of Chicago who has lived in Charleston for the last three decades, will appear solo, singing and playing piano in the blues styles that came out of Chicago and New Orleans.
“I’ll basically be doing blues and boogie, solo, out on the patio and I’ll be doing a mix of some classic Chicago and New Orleans covers and originals,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and should be different. I don’t know of anywhere else in Summerville that’s doing live blues.”
He has played one show thus far at Buffalo Wild Wings and said it went well.
“The last time I was there, the audience was really receptive,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Erwin stays busy. In addition to live performances, both solo and with his band, he is involved with the production of a number of festivals and events in both the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina.
Erwin has also been busy recording, although with the cost of production going up and hard copy CD sales dropping, he is seeking other mediums for his work.
“I’ve put out a couple more CDs, including a solo piano CD,” he said. “However, the latest one is download only – unfortunately, we artists have to weigh whether it’s worth putting out the plastic CD any more – and most record stores will tell you sales have declined.”
He also has worked to help a number of artists throughout his career; most recently, a singer from Louisiana named Shelly Waters.
“She’s doing well,” he said. “In fact, she will be opening for Loretta Lynn at Boone Hall Plantation.”
For more information go to www.shrimpcityslim.com.