Musician Drink Small to be honored as “Ambassador to the Blues”
South Carolina’s own “Blues Doctor” Drink Small will be honored as Ambassador to the Blues during Night of the Living Legends, part of the annual awards conference being presented by the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee Aug. 1 – 3.
The event features performances and entertainment tributes celebrating the achievements of internationally accomplished musicians, artists and industry professionals who have made an indelible mark in the history of Blues & Soul music.
Small, a native of Bishopville, S.C., grew up in a family of singers and musicians. Small honed his talents while listening to the Grand Ol’ Opry, gospel, blues, folk, and big band swing. His musical career began with playing guitar at house parties and at church. In the early 1960s, Small performed as an R & B singer and guitarist, and in the 1970s he continued to perform and record his material on his own label, Bishopville Records. He performed and taught at music seminars for students throughout South Carolina. Small’s reputation as a musician and recording artist has earned him many honors. He received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 1990, was inducted into the S.C. Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the S.C. Black Hall of Fame in 2001.