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Drink Small / Bio

Drink Small (his real name), based in Columbia, SC, is known worldwide as "The Blues Doctor". Born on January 28, 1933 in Bishopville, SC, he learned his first rudiments of music, as a child, on guitar and piano. His first recordings were with The Spiritualaires of Columbia, SC (1955-56, Vee Jay Records), during which time he received numerous awards as a top gospel guitarist, touring nationally and performing at such notable venues as The Apollo (NYC), The Howard (DC), The Regal (Chicago), etc. He cut his first blues record (1959: "I Love You Albertha" b/w "Cold Cold Rain) on Savoy Records subsidiary Sharp; a platter now cherished by collectors everywhere. Subsequent recordings for Ichiban, Erwin Music, Mapleshade, Southland, and his own Bishopville Records imprint helped position him on the international blues scene. Drink Small has played the Chicago Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Smithsonian Folk-Llfe, The World's Fair (Knoxville), virtually every major blues festival in the Southeast, and, despite a dislike for flying, even gigged in Europe (Finland, 1992) at the urging of his longtime friend and collaborator (the late) Charles Derrick. Drink Small is still going strong, performing solo & with band. Ever creative, he continues to write new songs and releases at least one record every year. His "The United States Will Never Be the Same" (2008) "Living in a BBQ World" (2011) are witty blues observations and deserve to be in every serious blues library. For bookings, please call Drink Small at 803-254-2123 (10am-5pm EST). Thank you!

General Info

Artist Name
Drink Small
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/drinksmall
Genres
Blues / soul

Contact Info

Location
Columbia, SC