Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Mardi Gras Tuesday, 2/17/2015

Laissez Bon Temps Roulez, ma chere!

I'm on a book deadline, so barely have time to do the show, much less post... so thank heavens you all know what to do on Mardi Gras... celebrate, because tomorrow you must repent for Lent... or just celebrate and leave the repentance to me - I will do enough for both of us!

Lots to celebrate... and we got some lovely requests over on my Facebook page (BluesMoonRadio).

Here is a playlist containing those requests, followed by our delayed Valentine from our Artist of the Year, Drink Small with "I'm in Love with a Grandma"...

Tune in from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday is Bluesday) at www.wusc.sc.edu and follow the prompts to "listen"...

Bon chance!
Clair and RockyDawg -

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Blues Moon Radio playlist
 Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Tonight we will play some requests (got close, if not exact matches... thanks for the suggestions!).

Next: we are referencing RockyDawg, Blues Defender's failed attempt to get on the swim team ... thank goodness he's still with us.

And then, "hearts go out" ... with a Valentine set, ending with Hard Hearted Hannah, the Vamp of Savannah.

Finally, we'll try again to play last week's Groundhog redux show... in a redux of a redux...
...which is SO groundhog-ish. IF the technology Gods smile upon us... 

We won't fit all of these in, but we'll pick from them. Tune in Tuesday from 6-8 to hear which cuts "make the cut!"

Check the Blues Moon Radio Facebook page to find out about great concerts on the horizon in the region.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Blues Moon Radio Playlist for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 (Groundhog Day... ahem, again!)

Blues Moon Radio Playlist
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
(Groundhog Day... ahem, again!)

Yes, we are revisiting Groundhog Day - in the hope that Phil or another beloved rodent will predict something other than six more weeks of winter... perhaps six more weeks of basketball? I think that's a pretty sure bet.

So, we'll do a little snowy weather, then a TON of Groundhog songs (cannot believe I have that many - so just wanted to share... even the cover versions); then we'll segue into all things spring - rain, flowers, and other spring things. Then, because it is our rainy season here in Sunny South Carolina, more rain songs.

We won't have time for all of this, but... we can always flood (yep, I went there) into next week's playlist. We had a devil of a time finishing last week, and there are some leftovers there, too... but no idea when we'll pick those back up.

Tonight's debut new music is from Kubek and King - Fat Man's Shine Parlor on Blind Pig Records. Such nice folks ... since we are on a watery flood theme, we'll select "River of Whiskey." Read more about the release and find artist bio on the Internet at: http://www.blindpigrecords.com/index.cfm?section=album&catalognum=BPCD5163
and at:  http://www.blindpigrecords.com/index.cfm?section=artists&artistid=33 

Don't forget, our locally-owned record store has the best Blues selection around and if they ain't got it, they'll go out and (try to) get it... and they rarely cannot find a recording that is on the market. So remember to check out Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Five Points of Columbia SC...

Blues Moon Radio is brought to you in part by Papa Jazz and we are proud to be associated with this fine group of audiophiles.

As we do each week, we will also pay tribute to S.C.'s Ambassador of the Blues, Drink Small, the Blues Doctor with two songs:

Here are tonight's playlists - we won't have time to play them all, but we'll pick and choose.from these lists.

Enjoy your belated groundhog day show...
Enjoy your belated groundhog day show...
Enjoy your belated groundhog day show...
Enjoy your belated groundhog day show...
Enj... and so forth.

Is it just me or are the months getting shorter?
Ba-dum-pum. Sorry. I'll stop.
Soon... I promise.

Thanks for tuning in, y'all,
Clair and RockyDawg

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