Article successfully added.

Sleepy John Estes On The Chicago Scene

On The Chicago Scene
Listen up:
 
0:00
0:00
$17.92 *

* incl. VAT / plus shipping costs

Ready to ship today,
delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

  • CDDE619
  • 0.1
Originally released as 'Electric Sleep', these fine sides show Estes, the country bluesman, in... more

Sleepy John Estes: On The Chicago Scene

Originally released as 'Electric Sleep', these fine sides show Estes, the country bluesman, in an urban environment. And it works pretty well. The original multi-track tapes have been newly mixed and mastered. Sounds good. 'SLEEPY' JOHN ESTES - gtr/voc, JIMMY DAWKINS - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - pno, CAREY BELL - hca/bass, EARL HOOKER - bass, JOE HARPER - bass, ODIE PAYNE JR. - drums.

Article properties: Sleepy John Estes: On The Chicago Scene

  • Interpret: Sleepy John Estes

  • Album titlle: On The Chicago Scene

  • Label DELMARK

  • Genre Blues

  • Price code VCD3
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0038153061920

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Estes, Sleepy John - On The Chicago Scene CD 1
01 Needmore Has Harmed Many a Man
02 If the River Was Whiskey
03 Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
04 Walking Down Beale Street
05 Laura Had a Dream
06 Newport Blues
07 May West
08 How to Sing These Blues
09 Sweet Little Flower
10 I Ain't Gonna Sell It
11 Easin' Back to Tennessee
12 Airplane
13 Drop Down Mama
Born in Ripley, Tennessee in 1904 John Estes lived most of his life in Brownsville, Tennessee.... more
"Sleepy John Estes"

Born in Ripley, Tennessee in 1904 John Estes lived most of his life in Brownsville, Tennessee. He did his first recordings for Victor in 1929 and 1930, a career interrupted by the great depression. When the jukebox rejuvenated the record business, he was picked up by Decca in 1935. Blues artists who wrote their own songs were the rule rather than the exception in those days and his discs sold well enough that he stayed with Decca for the next five years. He even made a trip to New York during the Chicago recording ban of 1938. But on one of those trips, having cashed in their train tickets from Dec., he and harp player Hammie Nixon hoboed on a train where John lost his last eye to total blindness in a gravel car when a piece of grav-el flew up and hit him in the eye.

Under the aegis of publisher Lester Melrose John moved to Bluebird for a session in 1941, a new career path interrupted by World War 11 and the Petrillo recording ban. No one could call John's songs simple, but he was an uncomplicated man. He loved his blues, his booze and his family. Wishing to put Hammie Nixon's name on the Decca labels, he gave him song credit (although John kept the $10 royalty buyout payment.) John was not a roving song collector like Big Joe Williams. He wrote in Brownsville or on occasional trips to nearby Memphis, and often about the people and places of his hometown. Those are real people and places in the songs that rise above the usual insight-ful generalizations about life and love. Brownsville and neighboring towns gave the world more bluesmen than you might expect. Mandolinist and fellow Victor, Bluebird and Delmark artist Yank Rachell and John's faithful companion Hammie Nixon, as well as Son Bonds whose Decca/Champion recording session led to John's Decca stint, were Brownsvillians.

Nearby towns gave us Kids Spoons and John Lee Williamson, aka Sonny Boy I. After the war, the blues business, which had involved jazz-influenced trumpet-sax band accompaniments, soon made room for the more down home electric blues and, with a few exceptions, the old country blues was out of the R&B picture. However, John did record for the legendary Sun label although the results only appeared years after Delmark's first albums. A filmmaker had been to Brownsville for the first chapter of a production to be titled Citizen South-Citizen North when we met him at the Jazz Record Mart where he spoke with Joe Segal about filming a jazz artist at one of his Sutherland Hotel Jazz Showcase sessions. So I went to Brownsville to bring John back to Chicago for recording sessions. He told us about Hammie's presence in Brownsville and Yank's in Indianapolis and we eventually included them.

On our return trip to Chicago John asked to go to 437 South Wabash where his brother worked. That was next door to Jazz Record Mart and I had met his brother, who was older than John, not realizing of course who he was. In fact, one day I almost called the brother "Sleepy John" but decided that would be unkind. Had I been my usual crass self, we might have found John before we did. I should mention that blues writer and pro-ducer George Mitchell of Atlanta, GA, who later worked at the Jazz Record Mart, appar-ently met Sleepy John before I did. The young white audience for blues was only beginning to build in the early 60s but John was able to find some work including a European tour with the American Folk Blues Festival and an appearance at the Newport Folk and Ann Arbor Blues Festivals. I judge any blues artist by his voice and his lyrics.

I am not a guitarist. But at least one of John's guitar patterns was adopted by Big Bill Broonzy and in a 1998 Delta blues compila-tion, a sadly uncredited writer states that "his style of accompaniment, although subtle in its approach ...became the foundation for Texas and Chicago blues style." This author goes on to cite Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. -Bob Koester, July, 2008

Review 0
Read, write and discuss reviews... more
Customer evaluation for "On The Chicago Scene"
Write an evaluation
Evaluations will be activated after verification.
Please enter the digits and letters in the following text field.

The fields marked with * are required.

Weitere Artikel von Sleepy John Estes
The Legend Of Sleepy John Estes: The Legend Of Art-Nr.: CDDD603

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$14.55 *
Broke And Hungry Sleepy John Estes: Broke And Hungry Art-Nr.: CDDD608

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$14.55 *
In Europe Sleepy John Estes: In Europe Art-Nr.: CDDD611

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$14.55 *
Brownsville Blues Sleepy John Estes: Brownsville Blues Art-Nr.: CDDD613

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$14.55 *
Newport Blues Sleepy John Estes: Newport Blues Art-Nr.: CDDE639

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$17.92 *
Memphis Days Vol.2 Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2 Art-Nr.: BCD15500

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67 $17.92
The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose Vinson (CD) Joe Hill Louis: The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose... Art-Nr.: BCD15524

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67 $17.92
Vol.1 Electric Blues 1939 - 1954 (Deutsch) Various - Electric Blues - Plug It In! Turn It Up!: Vol.1 Electric Blues 1939 - 1954 (Deutsch) Art-Nr.: BCD16925

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$44.88
Vol.2 Electric Blues 1954 - 1967 (Deutsch) Various - Electric Blues - Plug It In! Turn It Up!: Vol.2 Electric Blues 1954 - 1967 (Deutsch) Art-Nr.: BCD16930

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$39.26 $44.88
Taking Care Of Business 7CD Box 104-Page Book Freddie King: Taking Care Of Business 7CD Box 104-Page Book Art-Nr.: BCD16979

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$145.98 $157.21
We Got To Stop This Killin' Big Jack Johnson: We Got To Stop This Killin' Art-Nr.: CD0033

Item must be ordered

$18.82
Roots Stew Big Jack Johnson: Roots Stew Art-Nr.: CD0039

Item must be ordered

$18.82
Live At Biscuits & Blues WALKER BIGBAND, Phillip: Live At Biscuits & Blues Art-Nr.: CD0047

Item must be ordered

$21.29
Viewed
Tracklist
Estes, Sleepy John - On The Chicago Scene CD 1
01 Needmore Has Harmed Many a Man
02 If the River Was Whiskey
03 Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
04 Walking Down Beale Street
05 Laura Had a Dream
06 Newport Blues
07 May West
08 How to Sing These Blues
09 Sweet Little Flower
10 I Ain't Gonna Sell It
11 Easin' Back to Tennessee
12 Airplane
13 Drop Down Mama