Thursday, April 29, 2010


Hi everybody, just a note to correct an item in the Blog.... This Friday April 30th Smoky Weiner, Nature Boy Nik and Chris Grant will play at Morgan Creek Grill from 6-10pm. The jam at Bowens will take place as usual with the Padgett Brothers and James Kirk on drums, also from 6-10pm. So go where you want to! Both venues are on the water so you can float your boat! - Weiner

Blues jam this coming Wednesday night!

Hi Blues Club friends --

Our big news is that the weekly jams will start up again this coming Weds night May 5at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley, 8ish, and we hope you'll be there! We'd like to show Home Team that we have lots of blues jam fans, so mark your calendars - and come hungry for some great bbq!

Also, the Lowcountry Blues Club needs some new writers for this blog/email newsletter. Please consider volunteering to write an installment just once a month for us. You'll receive info about what's going on around town, and write up a summary (like this one). If you're interested, please let us know at

If you receive this email in time, I recommend you check out Dan Wright and the New Beat at the Windjammer (Thurs, Apr 29), show at 10:30. This coming Friday night (Apr 30) you can head over to Bowens Island for Smoky Weiner's jam. Or you might want to see Columbia band American Gun at the Tin Roof, 9pm, in West Ashley - they've been compared to Wilco by some, and have some great songs... And on Sat, May 1, you can take a road trip to Myrtle Beach to see Shrimp City Slim band play 130-3 pm: Myrtle Beach Mayfest (w/Buddy Guy, Tinsley Ellis) - sounds like fun!! On Saturday night in West Ashley Skye Paige opens for Whiskey Trail Outlaws at the Tin Roof, 9pm. Skye's got a new cd, so check that out!

If you miss A Dough Re Mi's pizza, be sure to check out their new space in the Shops at Brickyard in Mt Pleasant, 2700 Hwy 17 -- opening this Friday!

If you're a songwriter, check out -- they just announced their 2009 winners, and you can enter to win some of the $150,000 in cash and prizes that they'll be giving away for 2010.

Gary Erwin's Pee Dee Blues Bash was a great success last weekend, and his next event is just around the corner. The 6th annual BLUES BY THE SEA: Saturday May 8, 2-7 pm, Freshfields Village Green, Kiawah Island, SC
Print your own brochure with full info at
Freshfields (venue) website:

FREE -- Bring your own lawn chair, bug spray, blanket. Food & drink for sale on premises. Fun & suitable for the entire family, sponsored by the Kiawah Island Accommodations Tax Committee


Three intense national acts back-to-back!

So, have fun, stay safe, support live music, and we'll see you on Weds night at Home Team West Ashley!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Blues for you

Hi All - I hope some of you made it out to Halligans for the Lowcountry Blues Club show last weekend -- lots of fun! We'll be starting up the weekly jams, now on Wednesdays, at Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ in West Ashley, on Weds May 5, 8pm, so be sure to put that on your calendar.

This weekend is the PeeDee Blues Bash in the Florence area -- print your own brochure at -- In conjunction with the Arts International Festival at Francis Marion University, this is a FREE blues venue/club crawl organized by Gary Erwin, featuring 3 great int'l acts and an all-star roster of fine USA acts: HARPER (Australia); BRADLEY'S CIRCUS (The Netherlands); ROBERT LIGHTHOUSE (Sweden); RANDY MCALLISTER (Texas); MAC ARNOLD (SC); ASAMU JOHNSON (Michigan); TAMPA BLUE (NC); JUKE JOINT JOHNNY & DREW BALDWIN (SC); NAZ & THE FALSEHOODS (SC). Get over there if you can!

Or if you're staying in town, you're invited to "Confederate Railroad w/ On The Hunt, Ryan Bailey & HWY 17" on Friday, April 23 at 9:00pm. Where: Halligans Restaurant & Bar. Get your tix at ($15 in advance, $20 the day of). Or come out to Smoky Weiner's jam on Friday night at Bowen's Island, every Friday.

The following weekend, another great trip out of town would be to see BUDDY GUY, TINSLEY ELLIS, and SHRIMP CITY SLIM @ Myrtle Beach MayFest's "Arts & Film Celebration" on Saturday, May 1, 1:30-10 pm FREE, outdoors, Info here:

And it's Blues Harbor Cruise time in Charleston once again, with cruises every other Thursday through till October (July & August will be EVERY Thursday). "Carolina Belle" boarding/leaving from the Maritime Center downtown. Enjoy incredible BBQ from Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ, live blues from Shrimp City Slim & friends, a 2-hour cruise of historic Charleston harbor at sunset, cash bar...One of the most memorable things you can do here in the Holy City. Get your tickets at or call 843 722 1112. Here are the cruise dates - book early to avoid disappointment: April 15,29; May 13,27 (plus four special Piccolo Spoleto festival blues cruises: May 30,31, June 6,7; see below); June 10,24; July 1,8,15,22,29; August 5,12,19,26; Sept 2,16; October 14.

So have fun, be safe, and support live music!

LMW, Apr 23, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

LBC news and shows

Friday the 16th is the Lowcountry Blues Club All Star Jam at Halligan's which is on Savannah Highway just south of 526 on the right, near Food Lion. with Highway 17, The Fabulous Porch Dogs, Blackwater Stills, and Smoky Weiner and some of the Hot Links. We're one link short of a pack, make of that what you will. Saturday night Shrimp City Slim and his really good band will play old school blues at Fiery Ron's on Sullivan's Island. On Tuesday The Hawkes, whose name derives from the late great violinist Hawke Morfii, play on Tuesday at the West Ashley Hometeam BBQ. They play a more Americana style but old Hawke and the rest of 'em play some blues when they want to. Hawke himself was an old fixture of the jams we used to have at the old Cumberland's in the 90's. If you haven't heard yet, Hometeam BBQ West Ashley will be our new home as of Wednesday May 5th! The jam is moving to Wednesday nights and we'll be in this great venue with a top notch sound system and stage. I hope to see all of you folks out there to support our club especially during these early "formative" weeks. I didn't want to use the term "break-in"! Anyway I hope to see people who haven't been in a while or ever! Let's all talk it up, that's how we do it! Tell your favorite blues deadbeat they can get up and play at Hometeam and look and sound good on that stage. I'm excited about it! A very off-beat band, Bradley Circus plays there Wednesday the 21st and their connection to the blues is that one of them is blues harp player Lidewidg Veenhuis. I don't think I mis-spelled that but then, how would you know? She is supposed to be a hot blues harp player, and I'm not sure how they mean that. Anyway, I doubt if you'd forget this show if you saw it. SW

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Last jam at the Dough

Hi All -

We had a fabulous last jam at the Dough last night -- we had 2 and a half years of Tuesday nights there, with great music and great friends -- we'll miss it!! The Clarks are looking to buy a new place, but in the meantime, our club needs a new "home". We will not have a jam next Tuesday, and may be off the following Tuesday as well, but hope to be "back in business" at least by Tuesday, April 27th. We'll keep you informed as soon as we know something...

This Thursday, April 8, there's gonna be a great show at the Windjammer with our own Dan Wright and the New Beat, as well as A Fragile Tomorrow and Firework Show, 7pm. It's called Rock Out for Relay for Life: A Benefit for the American Cancer Society, so your $10 goes to this good cause, and you get to have a great time! On Friday, you can go out to Bowen's Island for Smoky Weiner's smokin' jam. On Sunday, Eric Lindell plays the Pour House. Rob Lowe wants you to know that he's got lots of gigs coming up, including Wednesday, April 14th and 28th: Kickball opening night, Rob and Jefferson Coker will be playing at O'Brion's on James Island. 9:30p-1a
Sounds like: Bluesy/Funky covers with some of Jefferson's originals in the mix. And that's just a few ideas for your entertainment options - check your favorite papers and websites for more...

Next week we, the Lowcountry Blues Club, will be putting on a free show at Halligan's which is located in West Ashley. Blackwater Stills (Rob Lowe), Hwy 17(Jack Downey), The Fabulous Porch Dogs, and Smoky Weiner will be on the bill and it is free!! We also are planning to have the Lowcountry Blues Allstars (that's you) to jam during the show. The music starts at 9:00 so keep it on your schedule for Friday April 16th.

Gary Erwin's next shindig will be Friday & Saturday April 23-24 (less than three weeks away!):2nd annual PEE DEE BLUES BASH in Florence, South Carolina at various clubs/restaurants plus 2 outdoor stages at Francis Marion University -- FREE! Check for more details.

If you have not paid your dues for this year please do so. Youth under 21 (Free), Adult $10, Band or Family $25, and Corporate $100. And remember, come out and jam with us on the 16th at Halligan's!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

One more at the Dough!

Good news for blues club fans: One more Tuesday night jam at the Dough, this coming Tuesday night, April 6! And come early, at 7pm, if you want to sit in on the meeting while we discuss our options for a new "home". We'll miss Dave and Beth Clark, and all the staff at the Dough. They'll close for good that night after the jam, then hopefully find a place to buy and relocate to sometime soon. . .

Weekend news: There's the Friday night jam at Bowens Island with Smoky Weiner. On Sat night you can see Skye Paige and Jason & the Juggernauts (a surf band - very good!) at The Tin Roof, 9:30. Or you can see Momma and the Redemption band with JoJo at Centre Point Bar and Grill, 9pm, no cover.

Upcoming: Thursday Apr 8 at the Windjammer is Rock Out for Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, with Dan Wright, Firework Show, and A Fragile Tomorrow, 7pm, all for $10 -- a great lineup!! And on Apr 10 at the Pour House is Eric Lindell, 10 pm, $12. Also keep in mind the Pee Dee blues bash on Apr 23, 24 (see

Support live music!

LMW, Apr 1, 2010