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Album Review

Jesse Winchester regularly took two years between record releases, but he brought in his fifth album, Nothing But a Breeze, a mere nine months after its predecessor, Let the Rough Side Drag. The impetus for such speed seems to have been the potential commercial bonanza to be gained by Winchester's first U.S. appearances since he moved to Canada to avoid the draft in 1967, due to President Jimmy Carter's amnesty program. Winchester also used a real producer, Brian Ahern (known for his work with Emmylou Harris), for the first time, and augmented his usual backup band with session stars such as Ricky Skaggs and James Burton, plus supporting vocalists like Harris and Anne Murray. The result was an Ahern-style country-pop album, but, perhaps predictably, a rather light effort for Winchester, who performed three covers among the ten tracks and included among the originals such comic trifles as "Twigs and Seeds" and "Rhumba Man." The title track, which became his first singles-chart entry, and "My Songbird," which Harris later covered, were effective songs. Nothing But a Breeze enjoyed a media buzz and became Winchester's highest-charting album (which isn't saying much).

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This is a Terrific CD/LP/Album

I saw Jesse on his first tour returning from Canada playing as an opening act for Jimmy Buffet in 1977 or so. He was supporting "Nothing But a Breeze," and it was an event. All one has to do is listen to "Bowling Green" to imagine how much he must of wanted to return to the US (particularly the South) while living in Canada to avoid the draft. I haven't heard "Breeze" for more than 30 years -- since that concert in Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- and it is a meaningful and poignant today as it was all those years ago.

Nothing But A Breeze

I've been waiting for I-Tunes to release this album for a long time. Jesse Winchester's talent as a great writer are much more evident when his marginal voice is accompained by superb background vocals and muscians. This album provides just that and I'm glad to finally have it on my I-Pod.

Nothing but a Breeze

One my top five favorite songs of all time. I love having it on my playlist again. Jesse Winchester is a truly an little known treasure.


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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