12 Songs, 41 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

More than just a reasonable collection of songs

Bigg Fann

The album was released today and I have been listening to it most of the day. At times it sounds like the Jesse of 40 years ago, a minimalist approach to the songs, sweet melodies, a rye sense of humour, and a nod to some of the old R&B that influenced him over the years. A very worthy swan song collection of performances. My favourite, "Don't Forget to Boogie.” The beauty is in its smooth simplicity and lack of raucous texture with just enough boogie to make it another classic Jesse Winchester nod to Memphis. The chuckle at the end is musicians having fun. Don’t worry Jesse, We won't.

A Reasonable Amount of Trouble - A Great Deal of Heart


As someone who has been a Jesse Winchester 'devotee' my whole life, I was heartbroken when he passed. Though I knew he'd fought cancer, I honestly thought it was behind him. It was so devastating to lose him, after having just watched him perform at that summer's Comox Folk Music & Art Festival, that I couldn't bring myself to play his musical coda untl today. We were the same age, he and I, and I can completely relate to his song choices as a gal who lived through that same period of time. I disagree with the assessment of Never Forget To Boogie, because for me it's him urging us to keep a young heart. Jesse had a young heart. As I listen to the album, I see him playing. I hear the wear that time and cancer has had on him, but I also hear the wisdom and love he imparts into each bar. I'm glad that I can smile through the tears, and enjoy this last jump to the music Jesse took before his long walk into that good night. Rest well Jesse. You're work here with us is done, but it was done so well.

My First J.W. Album

Jimmy in Calgary

I heard All that we have is now. on CKUA and had to buy my first Jesse Winchester album. I heard of him before but never bought any of his albums. I am glad I did. Ghosts has got to be one of my favorite songs ever. Lots of little surprises if you listen. I drive and sing along with this album. So sad we wonèt more to come. Buy thhis album. you will like it. R.I.P buddy.

About Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester was the music world's most prominent Vietnam War draft evader, though his renown came from a body of wry, closely observed songs. After growing up in Memphis, Winchester received his draft notice in 1967 and moved to Montreal, Canada, rather than serve in the military. In 1969, he met Robbie Robertson of the Band, who helped launch his recording career. In the same way that James Taylor's history of mental instability and drug abuse served as a subtext for his early music, Winchester's exile lent real-life poignancy to songs like "Yankee Lady," which appeared on his debut album, Jesse Winchester (1970). He became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Despite critical acclaim, his inability to tour in the U.S. prevented him from taking his place among the major singer/songwriters of the early '70s, but he made a series of impressive albums -- Third Down, 110 to Go (August 1972), Learn to Love It (August 1974), Let the Rough Side Drag (June 1976), and Nothing But a Breeze (March 1977) -- before President Jimmy Carter instituted an amnesty that finally allowed him to play in his homeland. By that time, the singer/songwriter boom had passed, though Winchester continued to record (A Touch on the Rainy Side [July 1978], Talk Memphis [February 1981], Humour Me [1988]) and even scored a Top 40 hit with "Say What" in 1981.

His most prominently covered songs include "Yankee Lady" (Brewer & Shipley), "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" (Joan Baez, Ian Matthews), "Biloxi" (Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffett), "Mississippi, You're on My Mind" (Jerry Jeff Walker, Stoney Edwards [for a Top 40 country hit]), "Defying Gravity" (Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris), "Rhumba Girl" (Nicolette Larson [for a pop chart entry]), "Well-A-Wiggy" (the Weather Girls [for an R&B chart entry]), and "I'm Gonna Miss You, Girl" (Michael Martin Murphey [for a Top Ten country hit]).

In 1999, Winchester returned from a long recording hiatus with the new album Gentleman of Leisure. An active live performer, Winchester released his first live album in 24 years with 2001's Jesse Winchester Live at Mountain Stage. The following year he moved from Canada back to the United States and settled down in Charlottesville, Virginia with his new wife, Cindy Duffy. Two albums would follow before the close of the decade: Live, a concert recording that Winchester claimed was released without his authorization, and a new studio album, Love Filling Station, released on Appleseed Recordings in 2009. Winchester was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011 but was pronounced cancer-free following surgery. However, in early 2014 he received a diagnosis of bladder cancer, and he died from the disease at home in Charlottesville on April 11, 2014; Jesse Winchester was 69 years old. ~ William Ruhlmann

Bossier City, LA
May 17, 1944



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