Someday Baby

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Indigo Uk
  • UPC: 766126404121
  • Catalog Number: 2041

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
Les Fancourt Liner Notes
Chris Myers Illustrations
Traditional Composer
Estes Composer
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