Visitors Center Welcomes South Carolina's Blues Doctor
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:50 AM by Mandi Engram
Columbia Regional Visitors Center welcomes South Carolina's "Blues Doctor" as their featured "Artist of the Month." They will be playing his music and selling his CDs for the entire month of April.
Born in 1933 in Bishopville, SC, Drink Small - yes, born Drink Small - is referred to as one of South Carolina's last great bluesmen. A master of guitar, downhome piano, and basso profundo vocals, Drink Small is unique in his field - a true American.
He made his first recorded appearance in 1956 on Vee Jay Records, the same label as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, as a member of The Spiritualaires of Columbia, SC. Later, Drink 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 his own imprint, Bishopville Records.
Drink Small is known for his over-the-top showmanship, ribald sense of humor, and virtuoso guitarwork. He has played at 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 and more. At the age of 77 years old, Drink Small is still ready to play for you.
Drink Small's four collections of downhome blues including his newest CD, "Hallelujah Boogaloo," are for sale for $15 through April 30 at the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. For additional information, contact Columbia Regional Visitors Center at 803.545.0002. View directions and hours of operation at columbiacvb.com/visitorscenter.
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