About Blues Music: Sleepy John Estes

About Blues Music: Sleepy John Estes

Born: January 25, 1899

Died: June 5, 1977

Blind in one eye, Sleepy John Estes didn’t let vision issues hamper his love for the blues. He was known for his distinctive “crying” vocal style. He enjoyed a 50-year music career but was found living in poverty during a comeback phase, revival of his music.

What is Blues Music About According to Sleepy John Estes: Estes wrote about local color, folks he encountered in everyday life, including a mechanic, a judge, lawyer and senator.

How to Gear Up Like Sleepy John Estes: Try a Kay Lark Junior Archtop guitar

Essential Blues Music Tracks from Sleepy John Estes:

Drop Down Mama

Someday Baby Blues

Railroad Police Blues

Well Known Covers of Sleepy John Estes Songs:
The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair

Famous for Playing With: Hammie Nixon, James Rachell, Jab Jones