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Sleepy John Estes

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Sleepy John Estes

Sleepy John Estes

Singing with a depth of feeling and emotional impact that has been described as “crying the blues,” guitarist/songwriter John Adams “Sleepy John” Estes earned his place in the country blues pantheon with pre-war standards like “Someday Baby” and “Dropdown Mama.”  One of 16 children born to a sharecropper family near Ripley, Tennessee, Estes taught himself how to play using a homemade cigar-box guitar and crafted a highly personal repertoire of songs.  His discovery by the 1960s folk revivalists rescued him from poverty and gave him a second musical career that lasted nearly 15 years.

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