Personalities | Yank Rachell | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Mandolin, guitar, harmonica, violin, vocals, 1910–97)

Rachell and fellow Brownsville, Tennessee musicians Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon played throughout the mid-South in the 1920s, eventually relocating to Memphis. Rachell and Estes partnered with pianist Jab Jones, recording for Victor as the Three J’s Jug Band. During the 1930s and 1940s, Rachell played with John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson. In 1962 he reunited with Estes and Nixon, recording and touring as Yank Rachell’s Tennessee Jug-Busters on Chicago’s Delmark label.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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