Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Drink Small - Hallelujah Boogaloo
03 - Motherless Child
04 - Moanin'
05 - Women Love A Man That Can Play The Slide
06 - Song With No Name
07 - Blues By The Drink
09 - Greenback
10 - Coon Dog Blues
Drink Small is among the Music Maker Foundation Artists that has a significant body of recordings for having recorded for a variety of labels including Ichiban and his own Bishopville label (referring to South Carolina hometown). The present CD was recorded by Tim Duffy between 1997 and 2005 by Tim Duffy. It contains 11 songs and clocks in at just under 45 minutes. These are solo performances and cover a wide range of material and while all the songs are credited to Drink Small, some are not such as Blind Boy Fuller’s So Sweet and Blues By the Drink which is a revamped Baby Please Don’t Go.
There is a gregarious quality to Drink Small’s performances that is evident throughout, whether on the opening Widow Woman with a folk-tinge, to his exquisite rendition of Fuller’s So Sweet, as well as his Song With No Name, where he references Howlin’ Wolf and howls and moans. His language can get raunchy at times as on Moanin’, which is definitely not radio friendly or simply descriptive as on Woman Love a ManThat Can Play The Slide. His guitar playing whether in a Blind Boy Fuller mode as on So Sweet or playing slide, is thoughtful and crisply executed . The vigor of his performances and the varied material makes for quite an enjoyable recording.
We are proud to announce Drink Small's first release with Music Maker! Hallelujah Boogaloo, features informal songs recorded over the last 13 years, highlighting this acoustic bluesman's raw and risque blues.
original CD from sussex