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Sleepy John Estes Vol 2 1937 - 1941

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Delta Boys (Estes and Bonds)
Sleepy John Estes


Sleepy John Estes
01 - Floating bridge Listen
02 - Need more blues Listen
03 - Jack and Jill blues Listen
04 - Poor man`s friend (T model) Listen
05 - Hobo jungle blues Listen
06 - Airplane blues Listen
07 - Everybody oughta make a change Listen
08 - Liquor store blues Listen
09 - Easin` back to Tennessee Listen
10 - Fire department blues (Martha Hardin) Listen
11 - Clean up at home Listen
12 - New someday baby Listen
13 - Brownsville blues Listen
14 - Special agent (Railroad police blues) Listen
15 - Mailman blues Listen
16 - Time is drawing near Listen
17 - Mary come on home Listen
18 - Jailhouse blues Listen
19 - Tell me how about it (Mr Tom's blues) Listen

The Delta Boys
20 - Drop down (I don't feel welcome here) Listen
21 - Don't you want to know Listen
22 - You shouldn't do that Listen
23 - When the saints go marching in Listen

Sleepy John Estes
24 - Lawyer clark blues Listen
25 - Little Laura blues Listen
26 - Working Man Blues Listen

Sleepy John Estes Volume 2 (2nd August to 24th September 1941)
Sleepy John Estes, vocal, guitar.
With contributions by; Hammie Nixon, harmonica; Charlie Pickett, guitar; Robert (Nighthawk) Lee McCoy, harmonica, Son Bonds, vocal, kazoo, guitar; Raymond Thomas, imitation bass, vocal; and others...
Genres: Country Blues, Tennessee Blues, Blues Guitar, Blues Harmonica.
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
This CD begins with Sleepy John Este's account of how he came close to drowning when a car he was riding in skidded off a temporary bridge. It's typical of the man, in that it deals with events and people from his immediate experience and in its constricted, emotional singing, matched by Hammie Nixon's melancholy harmonica. It's typical also in the element of paradox involved; this terrifying experience is recounted to the tune of Careless Love (a tune he later used to sing about the fact that he'd gone "Stone Blind"!)
John Norris of 'Jazz Beat Magazine' once wrote of Sleepy John Estes "The emotional impact of his singing is overwhelming and when he really gets wound up in his music he sings with great power."
Sleepy John Estes was in many ways the personification of the blues. His pleading vocals were always on the point of disintegrating into a cry, either of help or of joy. His guitar playing, which could either be used as a thumping rhythm or as a remarkable, strong and precise lead, were a direct line to the life of poverty that he lived and his experiences in the Brownsville, Tennessee, where he was born and where he died.
Volume Two of his recordings continues to reveal Sleepy John Estes as a significant blues artist of the pre-war blues era. In addition to long time friend and music companion Hammie Nixon, several tracks find Sleepy John in the company Robert Lee McCoy, also known as Robert Nighthawk, Son Bonds and there is the possibility of an appearance of Charlie Pickett. Between them they produce some excellent blues such as Brownsvillle Blues, Hobo Jungle Blues and Special Agent. Drop Down is one of two recordings to feature the lively washboard playing of Ann Sortier, the girlfriend of Robert Lee McCoy. There is the strange, semi-religious blues Time Is Drawing Near. Tell Me How About It has some explicit things to say about "Mister Tom" and his son-in-law "Mister Robert", making its chorus heavily ironic. Don't You Want To Know has all the originality of Estes' more serious lyrics e.g. the reference to Major Bowes, who ran a radio talent show.
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