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Jesse Winchester’s self-titled debut album immediately established him as both a singular songwriting talent and a performer of expressive understated grace. Winchester’s own fortunes have rested mostly with others covering his tunes; his own output has slowed considerably over the years. Love Filling Station is his first album since 1999’s aptly titled Gentleman of Leisure and it’s filled with the same easeful flow that one expects from Winchester. His soulful, country-inspired cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” fits in seamlessly next to the quick-stepping fiddle-fired “It’s A Shame About Him” and “O What a Thrill,” once covered by the Mavericks. But Winchester is at his finest with the ballads where he sits with a simple acoustic guitar and lets the melody fly. The deceptively titled “Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding” is actually a heartfelt ballad. He reclaims “I’m Gonna Miss You Girl” from Michael Martin Murphey who once scored it as a top 10 country hit. A cover of Freddy Hart’s “Loose Talk” as a duet with country-bluegrass singer Claire Lynch closes things out on an upbeat note.

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Love Filling Station

Jesse Winchester has re-emerged with brillient love songs. His simple, vulnerable, Southern Gentleman style it at its best.

The best

Jesse Winchester is simply the best songwriter alive and possibly the best singer. . . I saw him live in a one-man show in San Diego and it was the best show I've ever seen. . . enough superlatives, just listen and enjoy. . . .

Love Filling Station

I discovered Jesse Winchester in 2008 at the Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Oregon. I thought I had made the musical discovery of a life time! His deeply southern roots were apparent in his music and lyrics. I've never experienced an artist with so much humility and genuine appreciation for his audience. I went on iTunes and bought all of Jesse's albums. In his newest release (April, 2009) Love Filling Station, he brings even more of his fine writing to life. I especially enjoy "Bless Your Foolish Heart," "Stand By Me," and the greatest song I've heard in a long time, "Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding." It's even better alive! "I Turn to My Guitar" is a song that guitarists will certainly identify. "Loose Talk" that features Claire Lynch really shows off Jesse's writing skill for the bluegrass genre.


Born: May 17, 1944 in Bossier City, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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