The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival, held in June 1969, was the first reunion in 30+ years of Yank Rachell and Sleepy John Estes, blues artists who recorded a number of popular sides for Victor in 1929. Despite decades apart, the two quickly fell into step and delivered a memorable performance, accompanied by their young friend Jim Dickinson. The music of these old-timey jug band performers has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in popularity lately, most notably through the efforts of pianist/producer Dickinson's sons Luther and Cody--The North Mississippi Allstars.
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Left: Sleepy John Estes during an October, 1969, recording session in Memphis.
Below: Memphis Piano Red and Mike Stewart (Backwards Sam Firk) visit Sleepy John & family at home in Brownsville, Tennessee.