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Showing posts with label Folklife. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bishopville (My Home Town) - Drink Small

Born January 28, 1933 in Bishopville (Lee County), SC, Drink Small (his real name is South Carolina's last great bluesman. A master of guitar, downhome piano, and basso profundo vocals, Drink Small is the No. 1 blues point of reference for many Carolinians. ***************************************** He made his first recorded appearance in 1956 on Vee Jay Records (same label as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, et. al.) as a member of The Spiritualaires of Columbia, SC. He later recorded one blues single ("I Love You, Albertha" b/w "Cold Cold Rain") in 1959 for the Sharp Records subsidiary of Savoy. His other releases include platters on Ichiban, Southland, Erwin Music, Mapleshade, and of course his own imprint, Bishopville Records. Known for his over-the-top showmanship, ribald sense of humor, and virtuoso guitarwork, Drink Small is unique in his field...a true American original. ********************************************* Drink Small has played many of the major music festivals in North America, including Chicago Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Lowcountry Blues Bash, Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, The Border Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Fest, World's Fair etc. ************************************************ At the age of 77 years old, Drink Small is still full of piss & vinegar and ready to play for you.
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