Sam Collins

Sam Collins

Sam Collins (1887 – 1949) Born in 1887 in Louisiana, San Collins was raised in southern Mississippi . His nineteen extent recordings, made between 1927 and 1932, reflect a background in street singing and tent show musicianship similar to that of Georgia-born Blind Willie McTell. His free-form bottleneck guitar approach and his unusually high-pitched singing gave him a distinctive musical sound. Collins eventually settled in Chicago, where he died in 1949.

Devil In The Lion's Den - Sam Collins

Pork Chop Blues - Sam Collins

Skip James

Skip James

Skip James (1902 – 1969) Nehemiah (Skip) James was born in 1902 and raised in Bentonia, Mississippi. He learned guitar in his late teens from a local player, Henry Stuckey, and began piano soon afterwards under the tutelage of an older Arkansas performer, Will Crabtree. A professional blues musician from 1924 onward, James recorded seventeen sides for Paramount in 1931, and entered the clergy the same year. His “I’m So Glad” became a rock hit shortly before his death in 1969.

Hard Time Killing Floor - Skip James

Special Rider Blues - Skip James

I'm So Glad - Skip James

Sleepy John Estes

Sleepy John Estes

Sleepy John Estes (1899 – 1977) One of the blues’ most expressed vocalists, John Estes was born in 1899 in Ripley, Tennessee. He later moved to his lifelong home of Brownsville, where he learned guitar from Hambone Willie Newbern. Between 1929 and 1941, he recorded fifty sides, generally in an ensemble format that marked a departure from the usual country blues vein. Estes’ tunes were notable for the topical references to local people and events. His career revived during the 1960s and he died in 1977.

Little Laura Blues - Sleepy John Estes

Try Him and See - Sleepy John Estes

Rats In My Kitchen - Sleepy John Estes