Someday Baby

Someday Baby

by Sleepy John Estes
     
 
Sleepy John Estes wasn't the world's greatest guitar player, and his singing probably never won any awards, but he was unique among early country blues players because of his ability to fashion his own songs around the people and everyday events of his hometown of Brownsville, TN, a trait that makes his body of work feel a little bit like a blues version of Spoon

Overview

Sleepy John Estes wasn't the world's greatest guitar player, and his singing probably never won any awards, but he was unique among early country blues players because of his ability to fashion his own songs around the people and everyday events of his hometown of Brownsville, TN, a trait that makes his body of work feel a little bit like a blues version of Spoon River Anthology. This fine single-disc collection of his early 78s has several examples of Estes' deceptive skill, including the blues classic "Diving Duck Blues," which sports the immortal lines "If the river was whiskey/And I was a diving duck/I'd dive to the bottom/And I never would come up," lines that have since shown up in countless other blues songs. Other gems on this anthology from Indigo Records include some self-analysis ("I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More"), and even a study in pop dynamics ("Time Is Drawing Near"). The deceptively simple "Brownsville Blues" equates a stalled car with a stalled life, while the haunting "Floating Bridge" is a magnificent bit of cautionary autobiography, complete with a metaphoric (and almost literal) death and resurrection. Time after time one finds that these songs, which appear so simple and calm on the surface, reveal surprising depth and unexpected lyrical turns when closely examined. There is simply no one else in country blues quite like Estes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1996
Label:
Indigo Uk
UPC:
0766126404121
catalogNumber:
2041

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Son Bonds   Organ,Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
Hammie Nixon   Harmonica
Lee Brown   Kazoo
Johnny Hardge   Piano
Jab Jones   Piano
Robert Lee McCoy   Guitar,Harmonica
Yank Rachell   Mandolin
Raymond Thomas   Bass
Charlie Pickett   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Bill Jackson   Composer
Fancourt   Liner Notes
Chris Myers   Illustrations
Traditional   Composer
Estes   Composer

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