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!

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Tribute to Veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Blues Moon Radio 
Tribute to Veterans 
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

There are no words sufficient to thank our Veterans for their service. Those who serve now, have served in the past and those who are no longer with us are in our hearts every day, but especially on this day dedicated to commemorating their bravery and sacrifice.


From Pvt. Clair DeLune and General RawkyDawg, Blues Defender Division Commander

Here is a partial playlist for our first hour - dedicated to our veterans:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist 
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 

Sad and glad news in BluesWorld this week:

We lost Finis Tasby after a long illness. Finis, of The Mannish Boys and Ruff Kutt Blues Band, passed away a short time after going into hospice care following a long illness after suffering a stroke two years ago. 

We'll pay tribute to his work with six of his songs recorded through the years. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, fans and band mates who miss him so.

We at Blues Moon were fortunate to record an interview with Ruff Kutt Blues Band, and despite that Finis was unable to participate, some of his colleagues, including the legendary Anson Funderburgh, shared stories about him that would warm anyone's heart. Perhaps we will post those interviews once hearts have had a little chance to heal.

In much happier news, the long-awaited biography about Drink Small, the Blues Doctor, by Gail Wilson-Giarratano has hit the bookstores this week! For more information, visit:

Our playlist this week is about the amazing power of the right to vote. I hope everyone has, or will before 7 p.m. wherever you might be in America. The theme is: Free Country, and all the songs in the early part of the show will have Free or Country in the title. I leaned very heavily on some of our South Carolina legends... Drink Small, Mac Arnold and the sultry and sweet LGB.

Next week, we'll pay tribute to the proud men and women who put their lives on the line to preserve our treasured freedoms in this country: our Veterans. We salute those who have served and are now serving, and give our thanks as well to their families for their support!

Song listings for this week's show follow (click on the pic for full view):

Tribute to Finis Tasby:

Stay brave and please VOTE! 
Clair DeLune, and Rocky-Dawg Blues Defender, who just wishes he were old enough to vote. Paws UP!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - Halloween


(Did I scare you?)

Tonight's Blues Moon Radio (Boo Moon on Howl-o-ween) will put some starch in your ghosties' sheets.

Some of what you will hear:

We'll do our tribute to Halloween, the scariest night of the year, broadcasting from one of the spookiest places in America... 
... perhaps you live near one, too!

Halloween-related Place Names in the U.S.
Scary, Putnam County, West VirginiaTrickem, Lowndes County, AlabamaTrickem, Gwinnett County, GeorgiaTreat, Pope County, ArkansasTreat, Polk County, GeorgiaTreat, Webster Parish, LouisianaCandy Town, Hocking County, OhioChocolate Bayou, Brazoria County, TexasHershey, PennsylvaniaFrankenstein, Osage County, MissouriGoblintown, VirginiaCasper, WyomingBoos, Jasper County, IllinoisSpider, Knott County, KentuckySpider, De Soto Parish, LouisianaSpiderweb, Aiken County, South CarolinaBat Cave, Henderson County, North CarolinaPumpkin, Paulding County, GeorgiaPumpkin, San Jacinto County, TexasPumpkin Bend, Woodruff County, ArkansasPumpkin Center, AlabamaPumpkin Center, Coconino County, ArizonaPumpkin Center, CaliforniaPumpkin Center, Lake County, FloridaPumpkin Center, IndianaPumpkin Center, Caldwell County,KentuckyPumpkin Center, Tangipahoa Parish, LouisianaPumpkin Center, Allegany County, MarylandPumpkin Center, Union County, MississippiPumpkin Center, MissouriPumpkin Center, North CarolinaPumpkin Center, OklahomaPumpkin Center, Minnehaha County, South DakotaPumpkin Center, TennesseePumpkin Center, Bland County, VirginiaPumpkin Hill, Genesee County, New YorkPumpkin Hollow, New YorkPumpkin Hook, Washington County, New YorkPumpkintown, Jackson County, North CarolinaPumpkintown, Pickens County, South CarolinaPumpkintown, Macon County, TennesseePumpkintown, Randolph County, West Virginia
Screamer, Henry County, AlabamaScreamer, Maury County, TennesseeScreamersville, Chesterfield County, VirginiaYelling Settlement, Baldwin County, AlabamaYellville, Marion County, ArkansasYell, Marshall County, TennesseeHoller, Frederick County, Maryland
Witch Lake, Marquette County, MichiganWitch Hazel, Washington County, OregonBlack Cat, Mississippi County, ArkansasSpook City, Saguache County, ColoradoSpook Hill, Baltimore County, MarylandTransylvania, East Carroll Parish, LouisianaTransylvania Beach, Jefferson County,KentuckyTransylvania County, North CarolinaBlood, Hillsborough County, New HampshireBloody Corners, Portage County, OhioBloody Springs, Tishomingo County, MississippiFresh Kills, Richmond County, New YorkGreat Kills, Richmond County, New YorkKill Buck, Cattaraugus County, New YorkWest Kill, Greene County, New YorkSlaughter, Kent County, DelawareSlaughter, East Feliciana Parish, LouisianaSlaughter, Sullivan County, TennesseeSlaughter Beach, Sussex County, DelawareSlaughter Creek, Stewart County, GeorgiaSlaughter Landing, Madison County, AlabamaSlaughterville, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Devil Canyon, San Bernardino County, California
Devil Town, Wayne County, Ohio
Devils Backbone, Connecticut
Devils Corner, Delta County, Michigan
Devils Corner, Pepin County, Wisconsin
Devils Cross Roads, Newberry County, South Carolina
Devils Den, Park County, Wyoming
Devils Den, Kern County, California
Devils Elbow, Colusa County, California
Devils Elbow, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Devils Elbow, Pulaski County, Missouri
Devils Gap, Gosper County, Nebraska
Devils Ladder, Adams County, Idaho
Devils Lake, Lenawee County, Michigan
Devils LakeRamsey County, North Dakota
Devils Slide, Utah
Devils Tower, Crook County, Wyoming
Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, North Carolina
Red Devil, Alaska
Seven Devils, Avery County, North Carolina
Satans Kingdom, Addison County, Vermont
Satans Kingdom, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Hell, Livingston County, Michigan
Hell Hollow, Sullivan County, New Hampshire
Half Hell, Brunswick County, North Carolina
Little Hell, Accomack County, Virginia
Hells Corners, Trumbull County, Ohio
Merry Hell, Simpson County, Mississippi
Firetown, Hartford County, Connecticut
Pyro, Jackson County, Ohio

Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
Skull Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona
Skullbone, Gibson County, Tennessee
Skullhead, Ware County, Georgia
Skull Run, Jackson County, West Virginia
Skull Creek, Weston County, Wyoming
Deadmans, Muskingum County, Ohio
Deadman Landing, Volusia County, Florida
Deadman Crossing, Ross County, Ohio
Deadmans CornerConverse County, Wyoming
Deadmans Corner, Aroostook County, Maine
Dead Mans Crossing, Posey County, Indiana
Dead Women Crossing, Custer County, Oklahoma

List courtesy of

Drink Small concert review from Oct. 27, 2014 - Lourie Center

Blues Moon Radio – Review
Live Concert – Drink Small at the Lourie Center, October 27, 2014

When attendees have to wend their way through the parking lot on a sun-filled autumn morning past news trucks from three major networks: WOLO, WLTX and WIS, you know something newsworthy is going on.

The Blues Doctor, Drink Small was ready to regale the crowd of about 70 people, mostly seniors, who enjoyed a concert sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of NYC and the Lourie Center in Columbia, S.C.

This South Carolina treasure, who is both a living legend and a named ambassador for the Blues, having received the Bobby Blue Bland Jus’Blues award in 2013, was introduced to the crowd by Clair DeLune, of Blues Moon Radio. Gail Wilson-Giarratano, who wrote the soon-to-be-released biography of Drink Small for History Press (who along with Charleston SC’s own Arcadia Press are the largest publishers in the world of local and regional history books), kicked off the hour-long presentation with a reading from the book, recounting how Small was critically injured by a mule-drawn cart while picking cotton on the family’s sharecropping farm in Bishopville, and how that turned his life around to become a musician.

“These are my Blues,” she quoted Drink Small, and he chimed in song, creating an impromptu Blues ditty for Wilson-Giarratano’s mother, which also commended the Lourie Center, the Jazz Foundation. It drifted into his witty observations of life in general as the crowd clapped and danced in their chairs.

His next song two songs were dedicated to his wife Drina Bratton Small, who is a nurse.

“I waited until late in life to take a wife, ‘cause I didn’t want to get married twice!” Small growled through the microphone, encouraging the crowd to sing along with the lyrics, “ God have blessed me to have a nurse, ‘cause she knows when a man hurts.”

“Women need affection, connection and protection to go in another direction,” was the lead-in “Drinkism,” which is a witty combination of rhyme schemes and messages – either earthly or sacred, depending on Drink Small’s mood at the moment, “whether I’m a teacher or a preacher.”  He loves church people and club people the same, Wilson-Giarratano quoted from his biography. That intro was followed by a rollicking version of “A Good Woman is Hard to Find.”

“Bishopville is My Hometown” followed with Wilson-Giarratano encouraging the celebration of his music by taking crowd members by the hand to get them up and dancing.  She told another story from the book about the trip to Memphis they took together where he was named an Ambassador of the Blues, which sowed the seed of the idea for telling his stories through the book.

Small invited everyone to call him and book “Drink Small and the Every Now and Then Band,” saying “They are hot, they hit the spot and I guarantee they’ll make you trot!”

Small drew the concert to a close by saying, “I don’t want no confusion in my conclusion,” introducing the farewell offering, “Us Gots to Go,” a rollicking barnburner, “us can’t boogie no more, ‘cause us gots to go,” capping it off with his inimitable basso profundo punctuation, “I gotta go now...”

We hope he stays with us for a very long time.

You can contact Drink Small by liking his official Facebook page at “Drink Small, the Blues Doctor,” and you can hear him each week as Blues Moon Radio’s Artist of the Year (and perhaps millennium) each Tuesday evening between 6-8 p.m. 

Information about his biography can be found at:

For his mailing list, please see italics notes below.

Special thanks to Peter Verner of NYC’s Jazz Foundation (, to Mary and Stephanie at the Lourie Center and to Gail Wilson-Giarratano and family for their dedication, friendship and support of this living Blues legend. Thanks to WIS, WLTX and WOLO for their interest and coverage.

Clair DeLune is a professor of Roots Music history; an author, and producer and host of Blues Moon Radio since 1990 on WUSC-FM 90.5 and HD-1 Columbia and streaming on the internet at Her Blues blog is updated weekly at She warmly invites Blues fans to like Blues Moon Radio on Facebook, and to get on the mailing list for updates regarding Drink Small and other Blues topics of interest by sending a request to be on the list to with the subject title SUBSCRIBE and your name in the body.

Blues Moon Radio playlist (from memory) from Oct. 21, 2014

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I was just back after missing the Oct 7 and 14th shows because of an emergency.

I reprised an earlier show because of time constraints; I did not make an advance log, and this is the best recollection of what I played.

I did play some contemporary music afterwards...

Here is what I can remember:

Electrofied with Tony Fazio - Cadillac
Gary Primich - Cadillac Blues
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King - Texas Cadillac

Lightnin' Hopkins - My Black Cadillac

Joyce Green (overlap from the green segment above) - Black Cadillac
Larry Dowd - Pink Cadillac
Paul Bascomb - Pink Cadillac

Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s - Solid Gold Cadillac

Carey Bell - Cruisin' in a Cadillac
Charlie Musselwhite - Cadillac Women

Albert Castiglia - Cadillac Assembly Line 
Jerry "Boogie" McCain - Welfare Cadillac Blues

J.J. Malone and Troyce Key - New Car
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Automobile
Charlie Sayles and the Blues Disciples - Automobile
Kenny Sultan and Tom Ball - Automobile Mechanic

Hollywood Blue Flames - Jalopy to Drive
James Harman Band - Drive-In Life
Paul Geremia - Drive Away Blues
Robert Lighthouse - Drive Through Love