Drink Small

Author: Gail Wilson-Giarratano PhD
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625852711
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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 in the Palmetto State and beyond. The self-taught guitarist has written hundreds of songs and recorded dozens of albums spanning the genres of country, blues, folk, gospel and shag. The success of that music allowed him countless honors, such as playing the stages of the Apollo and Howard Theaters, touring with legendary R&B singer Sam Cooke and playing the best blues festivals in the world. He even developed his own philosophy: Drinkism. Author Gail Wilson-Giarratano details the dream, the music and the life that created the Blues Doctor.

All Music Guide To The Blues

Author: Vladimir Bogdanov
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879307363
Size: 11.50 MB
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Reviews and rates the best recordings of 8,900 blues artists in all styles.

South Carolina Blues

Author: Clair DeLune
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439653275
Size: 47.43 MB
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The history of South Carolina blues is a long, deep—and sometimes painful—story. However, it is a narrative with aspects as compelling as the music itself. Geographical differences in America led to variations in the styles of music that developed from African rhythms. The wet, marshy landscape and hot, muggy weather of the Carolina Lowcountry combined to cultivate not only rice, but a Gullah-based style of South Carolina blues. In drier climates, toward the Midlands and the Upstate, the combination of European influences led to the emergence of Piedmont blues, which in turn spawned country music as well as bluegrass. Those same Gullah roots resulted in four major dance crazes, starting with the Charleston.

Bars Blues And Booze

Author: Emily D. Edwards
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1496806409
Size: 20.94 MB
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Bars, Blues, and Booze collects lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. These are stories of musicians who may not be famous celebrities but are men and women deeply occupied with their craft—professional musicians stuck with a day job. The collection also includes stories from fans and bar owners, people vital to shaping a local music scene. The stories explore the “crossroads,” that intoxicated intersection of spirituality, race, and music that forms a rich, southern vernacular. In personal narratives, musicians and partygoers relate tales of narrow escape (almost getting busted by the law while transporting moonshine), of desperate poverty (rat-infested kitchens and repossessed cars), of magic (hiring a root doctor to make a charm), and loss (death or incarceration). Here are stories of defiant miscegenation, of forgetting race and going out to eat together after a jam, and then not being served. Assorted boasts of improbable hijinks give the “blue collar” musician a wild, gritty glamour and emphasize the riotous freedom of their fans, who sometimes risk the strong arm of southern liquor laws in order to chase the good times.

The Big Book Of Blues

Author: Robert Santelli
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780141001456
Size: 43.17 MB
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Contains over 650 entries profiling every important blues artist, including in each entry a discussion on the artist's style and musical contributions.

Why We Never Danced The Charleston

Author: Harlan Greene
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625844905
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“Old stories never end; they just come down the generations to resolve themselves among the living.” The scene is Charleston, South Carolina; the time, the 1920s, when old ladies dream of the past and a strange new dance, “the Charleston,” is seducing the youth of the city. Years later, whispers emerge of something baffling and tragic that happened back then. As an old man confronts those demanding the truth, we catch brilliant flashes of the confrontation between the dark, doomed Hirsch Hess, son of immigrants, and the fantastically ethereal Ned Grimke, a scion of the city. Told in intoxicatingly beautiful prose, this story of passion, beauty and the deadly effects of sexual repression takes us to a specific time and place, yet simultaneously blossoms as a universal tale of the human heart in conflict with its era. This cult classic, set in the most intriguing period of one of America’s most beautiful cities, is now restored to print with an afterword by its author that traces the facts upon which it is based.

Carolina Bluegrass A High Lonesome History

Author: Gail Wilson-Giarratano, PhD
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467118249
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In the Carolinas, bluegrass is more than music--it's a way of life. The origins of the genre date back to the earliest frontier settlements, and banjo music appeared at dances in Greenville, South Carolina, as early as 1780. The genre was essential to socialization in the textile mills of both states. Old-time music of the Blue Ridge Mountains heavily influenced the sound. Bill Monroe, considered by many to be the father of bluegrass, began his recording career in Charlotte in 1936. Many of the most popular bands, such as the Hired Hands and Briarhoppers, regularly performed live on local television stations in Columbia, Spartanburg and Charlotte. Today, bluegrass festivals fill local calendars across the region. Author Gail Wilson-Giarratano uses interviews and the historic record to tell this unique and compelling story.