Jesse Winchester Jesse Winchester on Colored 180g Import LP
1970 Debut Produced by Robby Robertson & Engineered by Todd Rungren
Jesse Winchester was a widely respected and exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter whose career spanned over four decades. His emergence in 1970 was not without controversy, for after much soul-searching and personal pain, Winchester was one of many thousands of American contemporaries who moved to Canada in the 1960s to avoid fighting in the Vietnam war. However, instead of songs protesting the war or the political climate of the time, he wrote more personal, reflective and allusive material, deceptively simple compositions that are also memorable and affecting. After a battle with cancer, Winchester sadly passed away in April 2014. His eponymous debut, Jesse Winchester (1970), produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson and engineered by Todd Rundgren, also features Robertson and Levon Helm and contains his signature song "Brand New Tennessee Waltz," which has been famously covered by Patti Page, the Everly Brothers and the Walker Brothers.