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John Adam Estes (born in Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, January 25, 1899 — Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee, June 5, 1977) best known as Sleepy John Estes or Sleepy John, was a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

In 1915, Estes' father, a sharecropper who also played some guitar, moved the family to Brownsville, Tennessee. Not long after, Estes lost the sight of his right eye when a friend threw a rock at him during a baseball game. At the age of 19… read more

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  • Avatar for irotas
    Introducing new group [group]Fingerpickin' Good Blues[/group] representing this artist and many other great ones. Enjoy!
  • Avatar for Drazba
    Oh yes!!!
  • Avatar for goodtimerecords
    Super Blues!
  • Avatar for jazzthieve
    Spotify playlist: [url=]Blues: Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Jump Blues, Piedmont Blues[url]
  • Avatar for OrangesunHouse
    Those vox, goddamn he's good.
  • Avatar for hierophantus
    Which is weird because I know his band could not have failed to "make it in today's biz" with his infallible guidance.
  • Avatar for hierophantus
    @mustardog: I note that 3 years later, the great judge of who would "make it in today's biz" still has a total of 8,893 scrobbles all time.
  • Avatar for Forteski
    American Folk Blues Festival group:
  • Avatar for mustardog
    @grfn: When I take a look at some of the twits that have "made it" in "today's biz," I'm pretty sure your shout is complementary to Estes!
  • Avatar for Druid66
    Sleepy John certainly woke me up.

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