Friday, April 22, 2016

Drink Small - Blues Doctor Live & Outrageous, Round Two, The Blues Doctor

"Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!", originally released on cassette-only in 1988, is the long lost masterpiece of South Carolina real-deal bluesman Drink Small. Recorded before wildly enthusiastic home-state audiences, "Live & Outrageous!" is considered by blues historians to be the ultimate Drink Small title. All his classic blues raps are there in addition to his marvelous guitar-playing and basso profundo vocals. This is a gem of a downhome blues album. 


A former member of the popular '50s gospel group the Spiritualaires, bluesman Small here works not-so-small wonders by teaming his gravel-pit vocals with his quicksilver style on electric and slide guitar.
As the title suggests, this is Small's second recording for the Atlanta-based Ichiban label. His first, The Blues Doctor (1988), was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the traditional blues category. Small again establishes his command of several blues idioms, including country blues, jump blues and soul. Small's gospel-rich voice bears comparison to Taj Mahal and Lazy Lester. While "Can I Come over Tonight?" is no pearl of the love-talk genre, Small's vocal nevertheless has the roomy, relaxed quality of Lou Rawls or that earlier, big-voiced tempter Joe Turner.
With this fine release, Small makes less likely the fate he contemplates in "I'm Tired Now," where he sings, "I've been playing the blues for a mighty long time/ If I don't soon make it y'all/ I'm going back to South Carolina/ I'm gonna sit right down on my behind."


Drink's own special blend of Delta, Chicago, and Carolina blues, it includes some band stuff, some solo stuff. Particularly wonderful is Drink's rich, gospel-influenced bass voice. A truly unique artist sharing his unique point of view, Drink includes a couple of saucy items ("Tittie Man" and "Baby, Leave Your Panties Home") along with covers of "Little Red Rooster" and "Stormy Monday Blues."

Thanks go to Ben for making these LP's/CD's available to us.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this big gulp of Drink Small!!--Bill

bobbysu said...

thank you very much

Albert said...

I'd like to have The Blues Doctor & Round Two but maybe it's too much ?

Can I help ?