What does it sound like?:
You wouldn’t expect the voice to be the standout feature of an album from a bloke in remission from cancer of the oesophagus but that’s how it is with the 2014 release from Jesse Winchester. I bought it last year but Mrs Wells has latched onto it and has it on high rotation which has prompted me to spread the word. From his first eponymous album all the way through this fairly lethargic recording career it has always been the voice that has captivated me and many others. He is at his best singing wistful ballads or gospel styled paeans to the simple life and simple values (Yankee Lady for example) which are punctuated, less successfully by upbeat country rock or New Orleans influences. Being in remission is the ultimate reminder that your career is drawing to a close so there are songs including some doowop harking back to his youth .But it’s always the ballads that have me just stop whatever I am doing, turn up and wonder at the gentle glory of a voice that makes me feel comforted like the warm glow. Elvis Costello organised a tribute album when he was » Continue Reading.