Singing and strumming and picking an acoustic guitar and moanin’ and croakin’ songs about Jesus on the cross and wide-eyed women on their knees, mid-state Carolina blues great Drink Small (a Bishopville native) had the room clapping loudly at Cumberland’s Monday evening (May 28) during an episode of Piccolo Spoleto’s “Early Bird Blues Series.”

“It’s never too late to do right, but it’s always too soon to do wrong,” he sang during his closing tune.”

[image-1] Small, 74, is due back on stage at the venue for an encore performance on Tues. June 5 from 4-7 p.m. “Tell your friends to come on out …bring the dog, bring the cat, I’ll be right back!” he hollered after his set. He promised City Paper he’d do a rendition of “Charleston Women Blues.”

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Fans can catch the blues veteran on local television when ETV airs a new episode of Carolina Stories on Thurs. June 7 at 9 p.m. Small heads up to the Windy City for a gig at the annual Chicago Blues Festival on Sat. June 9.