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Jesse Winchester was a quiet man who recorded gentle, soulful music. His 1970 self-titled debut album set a standard that each of his succeeding albums (and many other singer/songwriters) worked hard to reach. His death on April 11, 2014—just weeks shy of his 70th birthday—ended a career that was well-respected among the most credible of musicians. This album was written and recorded when he was in remission from the cancer that eventually claimed him, and his voice sounds at times a bit weary. But with the help of “newgrass” country GRAMMY® winner Jerry Douglas on lap steel, the well-known Jim Horn on saxophone, and producer Mac McAnally on lead guitar, Winchester’s final batch of tunes—and three covers—get the arrangements they deserve. While Winchester isn’t one for self-pity, he does sound to be in a reflective mood with the oldies he selected (The Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain,” The Clovers’ “Devil or Angel,” The Del-Vikings’ “Whispering Bells”) and with a few of his own songs, “All That We Have Is Now,” “Ghosts,” and the touching closer “Just So Much.” It’s a high-class farewell.

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A Fond Farewell

A gem. Mac McAnally has produced a wonderful collection of songs that stand as final triumph for one of this generation's great singer-songwriters...even though I tear up listening to Jesse sing some of them. I feel blessed to have seen him his first night in Montreal and many times since.

Passion and Fun

I was turned onto Jesse Winchester when I first heard the awesome sone Talk Memphis. At that time I dug in and found such a wealth of incredible music that shows a ton of passion and fun. Being a fan of the south he really encapsulates what it’s about. This album continues the theme and I’m so grateful that this was put together after his passing. Thanks for the present Jesse!

he’s back. better than ever.

Few people remember that jesse.s first album, well over 3 decades ago, was voted Best Album of the Year, by Rolling Stone magazine.
wonderful new , and old stuff.


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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