BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – The fifth annual Sleepy John’s Country Blues Jam will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at the The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.
The free event recognizes the birthday and legacy of Blues pioneer "Sleepy" John Adam Estes and is presented in partnership with the West Tennessee Blues Society. Skills clinics, a symposium and an acoustic jam session are all part of the day's activities
Guitarist Elam McKnight will host a slide guitar clinic beginning at 10 am. This will be a basic introduction to two tunings (open G and open D) favored by legendary slide players of the past. It will also include technique and resource material helpful for beginners or experienced players. McKnight is well known in the blues, rock and country genres, and has released six studio albums.
J. D. Taylor, a Brownsville native and founding member of the band Little Boys Blue, has been playing harmonica since 1991. He now builds and sells them worldwide. Taylor will lead an introductory harmonica clinic at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own harmonica in the key of C. Topics covered will include single note playing, single note riffs and bends, hand cupping and more.
Concessions will be on site following the clinics and attendees are invited to enjoy birthday cake, recognizing what would have been Sleepy John's 119th birthday.
An informal symposium, “Collective Preservation: Keeping the Blues Alive,” will begin at 1 p.m. The program will take a look at how Blues societies work to preserve the Blues tradition through preservation efforts, education and the promotion of current artists. Audience participation and discussion is welcome and encouraged.
An open acoustic jam session will follow at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own instruments, voice or just your love for the music. This jam session is non-competitive and open to everyone. Throughout the day, participants can tour the Delta Heritage Center and grounds including the last home of Estes and Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner.
For more information about the event or to pre-register, call The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, in Brownsville, is a music heritage destination that offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The Delta Heritage Center is also a featured stop along the Americana Music Triangle connecting Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
About the West Tennessee Blues Society
The West Tennessee Blues Society works to preserve the "West Tennessee Blues" by educating the public on the influences and traditions of our Blues heritage while promoting live Blues performances of regional artists and introducing new generations to the genre we know as West Tennessee's Country Blues. Contact the Blues society by emailing at email@example.com.