Sleepy John Estes – Live In Japan With Hammie Nixon
Delmark DE 835 (2014)
Tennessee blues poet Sleepy John Estes made his recorded debut in 1929 with the song “Broken Hearted, Ragged and Dirty Too”. In ’35 John teamed up with Hammie Nixon and they went on to record many classic sides together until WWII. After a twenty-year absence, Delmark’s Bob Koester rediscovered John and presented him to a new blues audience in 1962. This led to a series of LPs and a reinvigorated career. This album was recorded in November 1974 at concerts in Japan, one of the very first tours of that country by a blues artist – preceded only by a B.B. King State Department appearance. The Estes tour was a great success and even resulted in an Estes track appearing on the Japanese Top 100 chart! Live In Japan contains 73 minutes of recorded music.