Jesse Winchester is
a widely respected and exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter of over four
decades’ standing. 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 Canada in the 1960s to avoid fighting in the
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. Acts that have covered his songs include Patti
Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the
Everly Brothers, Wynona Judd, The Weather Girls, Fairport Convention, Tim
Hardin, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Nicolette Larsen, Ian Matthews, Tom Rush
and Wilson Pickett.
This CD contains his
first two albums. “Jesse Winchester” (1970), produced by The Band’s Robbie
Robertson (and engineered by Todd Rundgren), features Robertson and Levon Helm
and contains Winchester’s signature song “Brand New Tennessee Waltz”, covered by
Patti Page, the Everly Brothers and the Walker Brothers.
Second album “Third
Down, 110 To Go” (1972) was produced by Winchester and Todd Rundgren and
features another classic in “Midnight Bus”. The booklet features all the lyrics
and extensive annotation by Alan Robinson.