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Sleepy John Estes

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Big Expenses Broonzy called John Estes’ design of singing “crying” the blues due to its overt psychological quality. In fact, his vocal design harks back again to his tenure like a work-gang innovator to get a railroad maintenance team, where his vocal improvisations and enthusiastic, cutting voice arranged the speed for work actions. Nicknamed “Sleepy” John Estes, supposedly due to his capability to sleep taking a stand, he teamed with mandolinist Yank Rachell and harmonica participant Hammie Nixon to try out the home party circuit around Brownsville in the first ’20s. Exactly the same group reunited 40 years later on to record for Delmark and play the event circuit. Never a superb guitarist, Estes relied on his expressive tone of voice to transport his music, as well as the recordings he created from 1929 on possess enormous charm and remain incredibly accessible today. Even though he performed for combined monochrome viewers in string music group, jug music group, and medicine display platforms, his music retains a definite ethnicity and includes a especially plaintive audio. Astonishingly, he documented during six years for Victor, Decca, Bluebird, Ora Nelle, Sunlight, Delmark, among others. During the period of his profession, his music continued to be simple yet effective, and despite his sojourns to Memphis and Chicago he maintained a normal down-home sound. A few of his tunes are deeply personal claims about his community and existence, such as for example “Attorney Clark” and “Floating Bridge.” Additional compositions possess universal charm (“Drop Down Mama” and “Someday Baby”) and continued to be mainstays within the repertoires of countless music artists. Among the accurate experts of his idiom, he resided in poverty, however was somehow with the capacity of turning his encounters as well as the circumstances of his existence into compelling artwork.

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Full Name Sleepy John Estes
Died June 5, 1977, Brownsville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Drop Down Mama, Someday Baby Blues, Milk Cow Blues, The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair, Floating Bridge, Rats in My Kitchen, Stop That Thing, Brownsville Blues, Street Car Blues, Mailman Blues, I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More, Down South Blues, Black Mattie Blues, Liquor Store Blues, Working Man Blues, Broken Hearted, Ragged And Dirty, Too, Little Laura Blues, Married Woman Blues, Poor John Blues, Vernita Blues, Lawyer Clark Blues, Expressman Blues, Fire Department Blues, Broke and Hungry, Mary Come on Home, Easin' Back to Tennessee, Jack and Jill Blues, Someday Baby, Everybody Oughta Make a Change, Jailhouse Blues, Clean Up at Home, Divin' Duck Blues
Albums The Legend of Sleepy John Estes, Mandolin Blues, Live in Japan with Hammie Nixon, Broke and Hungry, Legendary Country Blues Artists - CD A, Working Man Blues, Street Car Blues, Blues Collection: The Man Who Cried the Blues 1929-1941 (Historical Recordings) [feat. Hammie Nixon], Legendary Country Blues Artists - CD B, Someday Baby Blues, Cool River, Sleepy John Estes 1935-1938 (Blues for Ever), Expressman Blues, Blues At Home 11, Brownsville Blues, Need More Blues, Goin' To Brownsville, Sleepy John Estes, King of Blues, Sleepy John Estes 1929-1941: From Memphis to Chicago, I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More: 1929-1941, Blues Live, Blues Legend, Crying the Blues, Someday Baby: The Essential Recordings of Sleepy John Estes, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 24 September 1929 to 2 August 1937, New Someday Baby, Roots Of The Blues - Sleepy John Estes, Sleepy John Estes Remastered Collection (feat. Yank Rachell) [All Tracks Remastered 2016], Jailhouse Blues, It's All About Blues Music, Drop Down Mama, Fall Into Deep Sleep With the Sounds of Nature, Blues Legends: Sleepy John Estes, More Blues, Tonight in Time, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Sleepy John Estes, Sleepy John Estes, Remastered Collection, Vol. 2 (All Tracks Remastered 2016), The Ultimate Jazz Archive 13 - Blues (3 Of 4), That's What I Need (Remastered), Sweet Mama, The Essential, Jack And Jill Blues - The Best Of, Sleepy John Estes (Doxy Collection, Remastered), Liquor Store Blues, The Magic Masters, I Love Blues, 1929-30 Sessions, Jazz Figures / Sleepy John Estes (1937-1941), Abc of the Blues Vol. 10, Need More Blues - 1937 - 1941


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Afterburn 1992 TV Movie video playback operator - uncredited
Eerie, Indiana 1991 TV Series video playback operator - 4 episodes
False Arrest 1991 TV Movie video playback operator
Frankie and Johnny 1991 video playback operator - uncredited
The Rapture 1991 video playback operator
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Crossing Jordan 2001-2005 TV Series computer and video playback operator - 72 episodes
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Crossing Jordan 2002-2004 TV Series NTSB Computer Tech / Totalmart Video Tech
An Outpost of Progress 1982 Villager

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The Mommies 1993 TV Series audio - 1 episode
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