Son Bonds Day

Abraham John Bond Jr., known as Son Bonds (March 16, 1909 – August 31, 1947), was an American country blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a working associate of Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. He was similar to Estes in his guitar-playing style. According to the music journalist Jim O’Neal, “the music to one of Bonds’s songs, ‘Back and Side Blues’ (1934), became a standard blues melody when Sonny Boy Williamson I, from nearby Jackson, Tennessee, used it in his classic “Good Morning, School Girl“. The best-known of Bonds’s other works are “A Hard Pill to Swallow” and “Come Back Home.”

Bonds was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. He was also billed on records as “Brownsville” Son Bonds and Brother Son Bonds.

Sleepy John Estes, in his earlier recordings, was backed by Yank Rachell (mandolin) or Hammie Nixon (harmonica), but by the late 1930s he was accompanied in the recording studio by either Bonds or Charlie Pickett (guitar).


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