Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blues Moon Radio Playlist Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 Devil & the Doctor Blues

Blues Moon Radio Playlist
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Devil and the Doctor Blues

Drink Small, pictured here at his 80th birthday
celebration at Music of the Carolinas class in the Institute
for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina

Happy to celebrate the 82nd birthday of our beloved, iconic, legendary Bluesman, Drink Small.

He'll be featured in tonight's show and will appear on his birthday at the Mousetrap in Middleburg Mall off Forest Drive in Columbia SC for a happy hour show starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

For a taste of what you will hear, click on this video from Sunday's show.

Tonight's show will correct the devilish technology error that prevented our playing the second half of last week's show, Gamblin' with the Devil. And we'll feature lots of tribute songs to doctors in honor of The Blues Doctor, Drink Small.

We also feature another play from local jug band, The Runaway Jug Band, with their title cut.

Enjoy the show! And please give Drink a shout out on his FB page (please click LIKE) at: Drink Small, the Blues Doctor.

Your host...
Clair DeLune


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Tuesday, Jan. 20 - Gamblin' 'n' Ramblin' with the Devil

Yes, children... THIS Tuesday night we are going to delve deep... deep, I tell you.

We'll delve deep into the dark depths of man's soul on this edition of Blues Moon Radio.

There will be Gamblin'; and the requisite Ramblin'; a consid'able amount of Murderin' and all sorts of other Devilish-goin's-on.

Yes, blasphemers and bad dreamers... we will have all that and more...

Blues from the dark side.

Tune in from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 (to be concluded on 27th).
In Columbia SC at 90.5 FM or HD-1; Global denizens can stream us at www.wusc.sc.edu.

Bring your holy water, your black cat bone, your mojo OR your cards and dice.

You'll need one or the other, whichever way you decide to roll the dice of life.

Ramblin' and Gamblin' with the Devil Blues Jan 20-27 6 p.m. ET/USA on www.wusc.sc.edu

Ramblin' and Gamblin' with the Devil Blues Jan 20-27 6 p.m. ET/USA on www.wusc.sc.edu

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Drink Small, the Blues Doctor's public appearances and merchandise

Drink Small has asked Blues Moon Radio to help him get the word out and let everyone know about his appearance and concert schedule and available merchandise.

RockyDawg and Clair DeLune are among Drink's biggest fans, thus we are happy to assist:

Drink says, "Clair DeLune, of Blues Moon Radio, will interview me on the air Tuesday evening, Jan. 13th - show starts at 6 o'clock; interview in the second hour. I'll tell all y'all about my early days in music, and you can listen with me as she plays "I Love You Alberta" - you know, the song that inspired the t-shirts I have for sale? I have not heard that song in maybe forty years. Don't forget to come see me ..."

Drink Small, The Blues Doctor
Like him on Facebook

Drink will be in Chester SC on Thursday, the 15th; Winnsboro on Sunday the 25th in the afternoon; we are hoping for a Columbia date on his birthday Jan 28 (tba) and in Feb he will be at Home Team BBQ in Chas SC on Feb 7 in the afternoon; with an evening show at the Marlboro Civic Center on Feb 28.

For tee shirt orders, please send a check made out to Drink Small with your address, phone and e-mail address along with your size and style (long or short sleeved). Sizes range from medium to XXXL. Styles and prices are: long sleeved = $25; short sleeved =20; please add $7.50 for s/h if you need it mailed to you (same for any amount of t-shirts ordered - just pay once for s/h).

Mail to: Drink Small c/o Blues Moon Radio - POB 5591 Columbia SC 29250. If you live in Columbia, we can arrange to meet for delivery. All proceeds after paying for the shirt production go to Drink Small. You can e-mail bluesmoonradio@gmail.com with any questions. Drink does not have a paypal account, but we are working on that. Thanks for your patience with the "old school ways." ;)


https://historypress.net/search.php?s=drink+smallDrink Small

by Gail Wilson-Giarratano, PhD
For fans of the blues, Drink Small is synonymous with South Carolina. Drink rose from the cotton fields of Bishopville to become a music legend. Price: $19.99

We Are the Music Makers: Photo album and 2-CD set from Music Maker Relief Foundation ($50 for both; available separately for 38 and 15). 

Coming in 2015: Chapters on Drink Small, written by Clair DeLune, in two soon-to-be-published books by Muddy Ford Press and USC Press.

Magazine articles:
Columbia Living Sept/Oct 2014:

Drink Small, the Blues Doctor

Posted On September 17, 2014
Blues Lore you can Adore
By Clair DeLune
 Drink Small Columbia SC
The blues is an angst of the spirit, a sadness we all get from time to time. Blues music takes that angst, and addresses it with lyrics and melody that pull the listener through to better times.

Blues music does not make a person sad.

On the contrary, it is often the very best cure for the blues.                       
“Everybody got the blues,” explains Drink Small, our state’s best known practitioner of the curative power of the Blues. “Rich people got the blues because they are trying to keep the money, poor people got the blues because they are trying to get some money, and Drink Small got the blues because I ain't got no money.”

South Carolina’s Blues Ambassador, also known as “the Blues Doctor,” explains that Blues isn’t just about money or love. It has no boundaries. “Blues is geographical. It is everywhere. What makes you feel good might make another feel bad. What blues is to some is not blues to another. Some people got it for money, some for love and some for property. Black people has the blues, white people has the blues and even albino has the blues. No one can narrow it down to one face or one place.”

At age 81, Small struggles with issues of aging and health concerns, but despite his recent blindness, still performs with the fire and zest he possessed in his youth.

Born in 1933, he grew up with his unmarried mother, Alice “Missie” Small, on a farm run by her brothers outside Bishopville. Although he did not do much farming as a boy, “I picked a teeny weeny bit of cotton, so I know what it is like,” he remembers.

His father was a man named Arthur Jackson who fathered a number of children by different women. Young Drink was inspired to begin playing at age 11 by his Uncle Joe Small who played double-entendre Blues on guitar in their small sharecropper’s cottage.

“My uncle had a guitar and I fooled around on that,” he recalls. What would become Small’s lesser-known, but stellar, keyboard prowess would also be inspired by Uncle Joe. “We had an old pump organ; I started playing “Coon Shine Baby” on that. Then I started on the one string guitar; I played (the Blind Boy Fuller hit) ‘Bottle Up and Go.’ I made my own little guitar; for strings I cut up an old inner tube.”

Drink not only cut up inner tubes, he was known as a “cut up,” in school. He liked to have fun, a trait that still shines through. Later, he went to trade school to become a barber. “But, I couldn’t be a musician at night and cut hair all day. I gave up barberin’ to play music full time.”

His roots were based in spiritual music and gospel. When he started the Six Stars back in his high school years, he was touted as one of the top guitar instrumentalists nationally before he gained the confidence to add his basso profundo voice to the mix.

Then came his time with the Spiritual Aires, who recorded their gospel, spirituals, and messages of salvation on Vee Jay records in the 1950s. “We played the Apollo Theatre and toured with Sam Cooke, the Harmonizing Four and the Staple Singers,” Small recalls. “Sister Rosetta Tharpe took me on tour and wanted me to be her permanent guitar player.”

As times change, so does a musician’s playlist. Small amended his style to secular music and further developed his Blues music style, plus some departures into a popular and then-nearly-mandatory repertoire of Risqué Blues, which were often what put dinner on the table.

Small could have been a huge international star, but he has remained loyal to South Carolina. Several venues were regular haunts for his special style of music.

“Drink Small was a fixture at many Blues clubs around the state, from the black-owned Corporal Club in Greenwood where Otis Redding used to play, to the Hillside Club, a small run-down shack in the woods outside Cokesbury, to the famed Jackson’s Station Depot, a late-night Rhythm and Blues Club in Hodges,” said Daniel M. Harrison, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Lander University. “It was a rocking Blues joint – a tiny little club in the middle of nowhere – but its stage was graced by national acts of all kinds such as REM, Widespread Panic, Poco, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, Nappy Brown, the Legendary Blues Band, and more. Drink Small’s consistent presence there through the years was a major contributor to its success.”

“Drink Small is a living legend of African-American traditional music in the Palmetto State,” said Douglas Peach, South Carolina Folklife Program Coordinator at the McKissick Museum and the S.C. Arts Commission. “His brand of Piedmont Blues is influenced by jazz, ragtime, R&B, and gospel music, although it never sounds quite like anyone but him. Drink’s bass voice and accompanying guitar have caused many to fall ‘under the spell of the arts,’ and people know that a place with a photo of ‘The Blues Doctor’ on the wall is authentic.”

Peach added, “While many people play the Blues, Drink lives the Blues.”
In a soon-to-be-released biography from History Press titled, Drink Small, the Blues Doctor: Me, Myself and I; Gail Wilson Giarratano, Ph.D., writes about the qualities that make Drink Small a heritage musician for the world, not just South Carolina.

“He has a resilience,” says Giarratano. “Others gave up, but Drink persevered. He didn’t just do it when it went well, he dedicated himself with a resilience few others embrace.

“He told me, ‘It’s in me; I don’t have a choice.’ That is why we love him,” she said. “We have to determine what it is we value, then we must honor and care for people like Drink Small – people who have shaped the present and future by their historic contributions.”

Small is famous for his brief, pithy, rhymed, philosophical musings, which he calls “Drinkisms,” which “come from my heart,” he said.

“I’m getting it from the roof,” he’s been heard to shout in true gospel style. “I’m the foundation and the roof. I’m the only Drink Small in the world. I’m not a duplicator; I’m an originator.”

Small understands his place in that world. “People come to see me because I am different,” Small said. “There is nobody in the world like Drink Small. They’ve never heard nothing like me. I am one of a kind.”

What remains most important to Drink Small is other people. Not just his fans and friends, who are an integral force in his continuing struggle against increasing physical frailty, but everyone.

As he thinks more about “end of life issues,” he’s had to choose between the “Hallelujah and the Boogaloo.” The tide has turned back from purely popular Blues to more spiritual themes, both in music and for Small personally since his 75th birthday when he issued his latest full-length CD, “Tryin’ to Survive at 75.”

As the July 2014 featured artist for the Music Maker Relief Foundation series at the Mars Theatre in Springfield, Georgia, Small engaged the audience from the first note he played on his guitar, named Geraldine.
After his performance, during which he twice played his new signature song, “Never Too Late to Do Right,” a visibly moved Small said, “I want to thank everybody for coming out and seeing me - made me feel so good! Now I want everybody to learn my song ‘Never Too Late to Do Right.’ I want everybody to help me make it a hit record! When I say hit, I am not talking about money - I want something to hit your heart... I want to see a strong population of good people and good feelings! Get right!”

Get right with Drink Small, y’all, from the Hallelujah to the Boogaloo – and back again.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blues Moon Radio rises again on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Blues Moon Radio rises again on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

We're back! After a semester break the Blues Moon will take the airwaves Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a fabulous lineup!

Tune in at www.wusc.sc.edu and follow the links to listen - or locally (Midlands area of SC) connect via your radio or HD player at 90.5 FM and HD-1 Columbia.

This week's show will feature a number of topical and historical themes, plus some rare vinyl.

Drink Small, The Blues Doctor,
 to be interviewed on Blues Moon Radio Jan 13, 2015

Featured birthdays:
Eddy the Chief Clearwater (80)
Elvis (would have been 80)  - we'll feature three artists who were major early influences on his career.
Drink Small (upcoming birthday on Jan 28 - will be 82!)

Drink Small, the Blues Doctor on his upcoming appearances and the "unearthing" of his first Blues CD, which he has not heard in nearly forty years: "I Love You Alberta" - he also has tee-shirts available as a fundraiser to help defray his rising medical bills... inquire at bluesmoonradio.gmail.com for details and to order.

"I Love You Alberta" tee-shirts available in long or short sleeves (black) -
all proceeds go to Drink Small
Playlists are below - we're glad you can join us for the second semester of our 25th year on the air - as one of the longest-running Blues/Roots shows in the nation. We thank you, WUSC-FM and Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Columbia SC for the support. We could not have done it without you.

Drink Small's "I Love You Alberta" will be played, and so will Emery Glen's "Two Ways to Texas." We've been looking for a copy of that song for some time and found it ... wishful it could have been on the original 78, but that was out of our radio budget. However, we have a cut of it and will treat listeners to this very old song by a not-well-known roots musician.

Je Suis Charlie:
Based upon the large human toll in France this week from engaging in freedom of expression, we at Blues Moon Radio located an array of Blues songs about France, or with Charlie in the title as a show of support for free speech, free expression and in hope there will be peace on earth someday. Our hearts go out.

The Hangman's Noose:
Before the horrors of this week, we found a song by Almeda Riddle (in unplayable condition for radio, alas) about a young girl about to be hanged. Research shows that there is a multitude of these songs (95 or so) that lament the then "new" social condition of a young girl leaving the protection of the parental home without benefit of the protection of a spouse. The moral of the story is only true love of her husband (or love) can save her. Looking further, we unearthed some earlier versions, including "Gallis Pole" (gallows pole) by Lead Belly, which was adapted into Gallows Pole by Led Zeppelin. The version by Zeppelin is embellished differently and has a twist in the outcome (pun intended). We'll play some other hangman noose stories including one by S.C.'s own Josh White, "Strange Fruit," which is one of the most haunting songs in existence. We cannot learn how to behave humanely if we do not look upon the inhumanity that has occurred through history - otherwise we are doomed to repeat it.

Be good to each other and yourselves. It's the best and the least anyone should do as payment for their ticket to live on this wonderful planet.

We send light and love,
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Christmas Show Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

We will finish our holiday fest this evening, and wrap up a wonderful semester of music.

We have some we didn't get to play last week, and some new for this week... our artist of the year, Drink Small, the Blues Doctor will treat us to a Christmas song, and we hope you will have a wonderful holiday break. We'll be back on the air when the University opens back up, so please mark your calendars and set your reminders for Tuesday, Jan. 13th, 2015 at 6 p.m. on WUSC-FM (www.wusc.sc.edu).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Holiday playlist for Dec. 2 and 9, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Holiday playlist
Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 9, 2014
WUSC-FM and HD1 Columbia
Stream us at www.wusc.sc.edu
Tuesday is Bluesday from 6-8 p.m. ET (-5 GMT)

Little bells are a jinglin', but little Johnny is on his way to the hoosegow... the tree us up, but spirits are down... every now and again there is a glimmer of Hope, but she's probably just sneaking a peek at what is in her stocking.

It's time again for that revered, venerated and celebrated event... the annual Christmas Blues show on WUSC FM, hosted for the past 25 Christmas seasons by Clair DeLune.

Tune in for the last two shows of the year and hear rare musical cuts that you probably never knew existed, along with some old chestnuts (not roasting on an open fire) by Blues, Roots and Soul artists you do know, such as Etta James and James Brown; then revel in newly rediscovered rarities by less mainstream Blues artists, such as Smokey Hogg.

Put another log on the fire, simmer some hot chocolate on the stove, put your jammies on (yes, the ones with the feet will do nicely this time of year) and let us spin some tunes you are unlikely to hear elsewhere - perhaps a little double-entendre Blues from Roosevelt Sykes and Butterbeans and Susie as you and your sweetie trim your tree?

It is my true joy to dedicate this show to you, our Blues Moon Radio listeners... I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and thank you for tuning in for the 25th edition of Blues Moon Christmas - may the moon shine brightly upon you in 2015.

The playlists for these two weeks is below. We are especially pleased to feature new holiday music from Eric Selby - we're going to decide what cut to play in studio (there have to be some surprises, you know!) so be sure to check out his Web page if you'd like his holiday CD.

The show would not be complete without Drink Small's signature song, "Never Too Late to do Right."

Stay Bluesy!

Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 - Thanksgiving Feast

Welcome, Blues fans!
Here's a veritable Blues feast for your Thanksgiving table.

We hope you and yours will enjoy much bounty, be grateful for your blessings and share what you can with those less fortunate. We thank you for allowing us to come into your homes, cars and audio equipment of all types over the years to bring you what we feel is nothing but the best in Blues, R&B and Roots music.

We do it all for you... and we appreciate you listening!

Please come LIKE us on Facebook at Blues Moon Radio, and give a LIKE to our Bluesman of the Millennium, Drink Small - the world's Blues Doctor at Drink Small, the Blues Doctor.

Thanks to you all... we are still here playing great music each Tuesday for the past 25 years.

We're humbly grateful!
RockyDawg, who is gnawing on some turkey right now ... 
...and Clair DeLune, who lives to play Blues and pet that crazy Dawg. 

Here is the playlist. FAIR WARNING... you will want to have some food near you during the show. I do not recommend listening on an empty stomach!