Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John

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Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 2007
RecordedSan Francisco, CA
Genre Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Folk Rock
Label Yep Roc
Producer Ian Brennan
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Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John

Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John is an album by American singer-songwriter Peter Case, released in 2007. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

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Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Peter Case is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His career is wide-ranging, from rock n' roll and blues, to folk rock and solo acoustic performance.



The album was Case's first of new material in five years after six albums on the Vanguard label. The songs were written in tribute to blues artist Sleepy John Estes. Case wrote most of the songs in the middle of the night. “I’d wake up in the middle of the night and write. I woke up and a song would spill out… They just came out, fully formed. Other songs, like ‘Every 24 Hours,’ I wrote right before we went in the studio.” [1]

Vanguard Records Record label

Vanguard Records is an American record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York City. It was a primarily classical label throughout its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, but is perhaps best known for its catalogue of recordings by a number of pivotal jazz, folk, and blues musicians. The Bach Guild was a subsidiary label.

John Adam Estes, known as Sleepy John Estes, was an American blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

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Writing for Allmusic, music critic Mark Deming called Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John "a splendid album from a truly gifted artist." [2] The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2008. [3]

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.

Track listing

All songs written by Peter Case unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Every 24 Hours" – 4:33
  2. "Million Dollars Bail" – 3:43
  3. "Underneath the Stars" – 3:51
  4. "Just Hangin' On" – 2:14
  5. "Ain't Gonna Worry No More" – 6:14
  6. "Palookaville" – 3:19
  7. "Get Away Blues" (Traditional) – 2:50
  8. "The Open Road Song" – 3:17
  9. "Some Bright Mornin' Blues" – 3:44
  10. "I'm Gonna Change My Ways" – 3:25
  11. "That Soul Twist" – 3:58


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