Sunday, August 24, 2014

CD Review: The Last Stand Of Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Jesse Winchester

Southern singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester might not be a common name amongst the musical community, but even the great Bob Dylan stated that "you can't talk about the greatest songwriters and not include him." Many of his songs were recorded by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers and more. His career lasted over forty years, until his death in April of this year. On September 16th, Appleseed Recordings will be releasing "A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble," the final studio album Jesse Winchester recorded just before his death. The new twelve song release begins with the realization of mortality on "All That We Have Is Now" as he tries to keep the mood light. Steel guitarist Jerry Douglas lends a hand to the southern blues rocker "She Makes It Easy Now," before things come to a halt with the gentle recollection of "Neither Here Nor There." The album contains a few cover songs, the best being his smooth delivery of sixties classic "Rhythm Of The Rain." The wonderful songwriting of "Ghosts" has Jimmy Buffett written all over it as it carries that laid-back island vibe, while "Every Day I Get The Blues" is Winchester's final prayer for happiness. The album closes with the doo-wop cover of "Whispering Bells" and the emotional final request of "Just So Much."

To find out more about this final studio record from Jesse Winchester, please visit appleseedmusic.com.

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