About this event:
Closer to home, in 2013 Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley proclaimed March 27 as “Shrimp City Slim / Gary Erwin Day” in the historic city. He was inducted into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame on October 22, 2017.
The name? Touring in the 1980s-1990s with colorfully named characters such as Big Boy Henry, Drink Small, Chicago Bob Nelson and others, the pressure was on to get a ‘blues name’ (back in the day when blues musicians actually had ‘blues names’!). As Charleston has a huge fishing & shrimping industry and SCS is a seafood aficionado, his mentors collectively decided on “Shrimp City Slim” and it has been that way ever since. In 1997, it was discovered that someone ran a racehorse at Meadowlands called “Shrimp City Slim” and so the name was immediately trademarked. The horse? As far as we know, did not place…probably went straight to the glue factory.
If you love blues and blues-based original songs brimming with vitality, real commitment, and a sense of humor, welcome to the world of SHRIMP CITY SLIM.