(1974 'Delmark') (57:37/17) Diese Aufnahmen entstanden bei einer Chicagoer Session am 19. Juli 1974, kurz bevor die beiden Protagonisten erstmals auf Konzertreise nach Japan gingen und blieben bis heute unveröffentlicht. Songs und Blues der beiden Musiker aus Brownsville, Tennessee
This album was recorded July 19, 1974 just prior to Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon's first trip t Japan. I should mention that it was one of the very first tours of that country by a blues artist - precede only by a B.B. King State Department appearance. The Estes tour was a great success and even resulted in an Estes track appearing on the Japanese Top 100 chart, which enabled John to purchase a better home back in Brownsville, Tennessee. Complete notes by Bob Koester enclosed.
John Adam Estes was born on January 25, 1904 in Ripley, Tennessee. His recording career spanned six decades from the '20s until his death on June 5, 1977. 'Sleepy John Estes was one of the most individual of all recorded blues singers. He sang with phrasing that fairly dripped with expressiveness in a high crying tone that seemed often like he was speaking to the listener.
The songs he wrote were well suited to this treatment, dealing frequently with his and his neighbors' lives in Brownsville, Tennessee.' Gerald Brennan. This session from July 19, 1974 was recorded just before Sleepy John and Hammie Nixon departed for a tour of Japan. None of these performances have ever been issued. Sleepy John Estes, vocals, guitar; Hammie Nixon, vocals, harmonica, kazoo.