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Jesse Winchester: An Appreciation

Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 14 April 2014

FOR 10 YEARS, from 1967 to 1977, Jesse Winchester couldn't set foot in the United States, the nation where he had lived until he was 23. But his songs could visit on his behalf, and they represented him well, getting themselves recorded by everyone from the Everly Brothers to Ralph Stanley, from Wilson Pickett to Jimmy Buffett. Songs such as 'Mississippi You're on My Mind', 'Biloxi', 'The Brand New Tennessee Waltz' and 'L'Aire de la Louisiane' were rooted in specific places that the exiled songwriter remembered with an intense longing and fondness that infected every listener.

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