Record Collector (magazine) - p.53
"BROKE & HUNGRY was probably his best album, largely due to guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who appears on two of the 10 tracks."
Personnel: Sleepy John Estes (vocals, guitar); Yank Rachell (guitar, mandolin); Mike Bloomfield (guitar); Hammie Nixon (harmonica).
Recorded at Sound Studios, Chicago, Illinois on March 3, 1964. Includes liner notes by Bob Koester.
Personnel: Sleepy John Estes (vocals, guitar); Yank Rachell (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Michael Bloomfield (guitar); Hammie Nixon (harmonica).
Liner Note Authors: Robert G. Koester; Bob Koester.
Recording information: Sound Studios, Inc (03/03/1964).
Photographer: Ray Flerlage.
Nothing on this set rivals his best '60s-era recordings for the Delmark label (those can be found on The Legend of Sleepy John Estes), but this album is still worthwhile. Estes is joined by the most sympathetic accompanists he would ever know: Hammie Nixon on harmonica and Yank Rachell on mandolin and second guitar. Michael Bloomfield, then a fiery young guitarist just appearing on the Chicago scene, joins in on a few tunes, too. But not even his presence can rouse the somnolent Estes. ~ Brian Beatty